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Seahawks sign former 49ers starting cornerback

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Seahawks sign former 49ers starting cornerback

The 49ers and Seattle Seahawks completed their indirect swap of starting cornerbacks on Wednesday.

More than four weeks after the 49ers signed Richard Sherman to a three-year contract one day after Seattle released him, the Seahawks filled a roster spot with the signing of former 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson.

Johnson, 26, started all 16 games for the 49ers last season but struggled down the stretch of the season. The club did not make an attempt to re-sign him as an unrestricted free agent.

In his four-year career with the 49ers, Johnson appeared in 63 of 64 possible games with 22 starts. Last season, he recorded a team-leading 77 tackles with one interception and seven passes defensed.

Johnson (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) came to the 49ers as a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 from North Carolina State.

Terrell Owens offers to run routes for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo in rehab

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Terrell Owens offers to run routes for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo in rehab

Jimmy Garoppolo got a blast from the 49ers' past Wednesday.

The quarterback posted a photo of himself practicing to his Instagram page, writing a "Patiently Waiting" caption. Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs and missed the remainder of the season, as 49ers fans are well aware of. 

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So, too, was Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens. The former 49ers star commented on Garoppolo's post, offering to run routes for the rehabbing signal-caller.

That’s also 49ers rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis responding to T.O. about route running. Smart move. 

Owens reportedly explored a return to professional football last summer in the CFL He told ESPN days later he wasn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he still had the itch to play football.

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said at the time. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys."

The 49ers do need a receiver next season, after all. 

49ers female assistant coach Katie Sowers sees progression in sports

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49ers female assistant coach Katie Sowers sees progression in sports

The 49ers have an offensive assistant coach who works hard and brings personality no matter what.

Her name is Katie Sowers, and she's the second woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching position. She's also the first openly gay coach in the NFL.

She's aware of the grind of her job, the long hours dedicated to her job. She attends the meetings, she watches the film, and she stays up late studying the 49ers opponents. 

Her aspirations are big as well, and by the looks of it, attainable.

"I see myself as a head coach someday," she said to NBC Sports.

Sowers also said people may think that sounds crazy, but it's been a progression.

"If we look back at the way that we've built society, we have so many gender norms." 

After all, she said, people would have been shocked to know women and men could play with the same rules in basketball.

But here they are ...

"Me being a woman I don't think makes that big of a difference," she adds. "Not all male coaches are the same, not all male coaches are going to be the same."

It appears Sowers has the respect of the team as well -- you can see they don't look at her any differently than they would any other of their coaches, teachers, or teammates.

The future certainly looks bright for her, and hopefully full of progress.