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Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract, John Lynch says

Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract, John Lynch says

The 49ers reached a contract agreement Monday with a tight end not named George Kittle.

The 49ers agreed to a one-year deal with former Washington Football Team tight end Jordan Reed, 30, who has not played in the regular season since the 2018 season. Injuries have plagued Reed throughout his six-year playing career. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Reed's contract with the 49ers is an incentive-laden.

General manager John Lynch said the team weighed the risks with Reed's injury history and deterimed the reward made the signing the right move for the 49ers.

Reed's best season came in 2015, when he appeared in a career-high 14 games. He caught 87 for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Reed sustained his seventh documented concussion in August 2019 in Washington’s third preseason game. He did not play in any games last season, and Washington released him in February.

Reed played his rookie season of 2013 with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 to ’13. He was a third-round draft pick from Florida.

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Reed joins a group of 49ers tight ends that includes All-Pro George Kittle, whose agent still is in negotiations with the 49ers for a lucrative, long-term contract. Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and rookies Charlie Woerner and Chase Harrell are the other tight ends on the 49ers’ roster.

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How Charlie Woerner won George Kittle over early in 49ers tenure

How Charlie Woerner won George Kittle over early in 49ers tenure

George Kittle is one of the top passing weapons in the NFL, But while the 49ers star tight end excels at running through defenders, there's nothing he loves more than asserting his will in the run game.

Kittle is one of the best blocking tight ends in football, and the whole world saw his enthusiasm for blocking when the 49ers asserted their will over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round by running the ball on eight straight plays, capped off by 2-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman. Kittle was mic'd up in the win and was caught imploring his team to "run it again" as they pushed the Vikings down the field during the 27-10 win.

The 49ers added another tight end to their stable this offseason by drafting Georgia product Charlie Woerner in the sixth round. While it can be hard for rookies to win over veterans, Woerner easily got on Kittle's good side during a player's only workout this offseason.

"I'm excited. Charlie's a good dude," Kittle said on the "Pardon My Take" podcast. "We were actually running routes together, and he was like, 'Hey, this passing stuff is kind of boring. When are we going to start talking about the run game?'

"And I was like, 'You're my guy. I needed that out of you.'"

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Woerner wasn't utilized a lot in the passing game at Georgia. He caught just nine passes for 78 yards and one touchdown in seven games during his senior season. The Bulldog believes he can learn a lot from Kittle, who has gone from unknown fifth-round draft pick to star in no time at all.

“I’m super pumped to be in the tight ends room with him,” Woerner said after being drafted. “As a guy who blocks a lot at Georgia I just love watching him play, just the way and style he played at the 49ers this year and how aggressive he is in the blocking game. I love to emulate him, try to be like him.”

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As a young tight end coming into the NFL, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better role model than Kittle.

Woerner already has endeared himself to his new teammate, now he gets to learn from one of the best players in the NFL every day. Not a bad start to an NFL career.

NFL rumors: 49ers put waiver claim on ex-Chiefs fullback John Lovett

NFL rumors: 49ers put waiver claim on ex-Chiefs fullback John Lovett

The 49ers have the top fullback in the NFL in Kyle Juszczyk, so you'd think they're set at the position. However, that didn't stop them from reportedly trying to add another this past week.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Friday that San Francisco placed a waiver claim on former Chiefs fullback John Lovett. It was unsuccessful, though, as the Green Bay Packers had a higher waiver priority and claimed him with it.

NFL teams typically only keep one fullback on the 53-man roster, so you might be wondering why the 49ers had interest in adding Lovett, particularly after signing undrafted free agent Josh Hokit, who also plays the position.

The answer likely lies in Lovett's versatility -- a trait 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan highly values.

Before joining Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2019, Lovett played quarterback at Princeton University. Kansas City converted him into a hybrid fullback who could potentially contribute at running back and tight end (h/t 49ers Web Zone).

[RELATED: Report: Kittle, 49ers have 'disconnect' over new contract]

The 49ers continue to pop up in rumors regarding free-agent tight ends, despite having George Kittle, Ross Dwelley and sixth-round draft pick Charlie Woerner already on the roster.

San Francisco wants to lighten Kittle's load and give him the occasional breather this coming season, which is where that reported interest likely derives from.

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