Logan Paulsen

49ers place Tartt, Hikutini on IR, sign WR, TE to active roster

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49ers place Tartt, Hikutini on IR, sign WR, TE to active roster

During his press conference on Monday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked if he had enough players to fill out the 46 active spots for next weekend's game against the New York Giants.

'No, we're going to have to sign some guys. We plan on signing some guys in the next couple of days. I know there working on it right now and in to tomorrow. We're going to have to figure that out before Wednesday," Shanahan told reporters Monday.

Those signings started to take place shortly after Shanahan finished talking to the media.

Wide receiver Louis Murphy and tight end Logan Paulsen were signed to one-year deals, the team announced on Monday evening.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt and tight end Cole Hikutini were placed on injured reserve due to injuries suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

X-rays revealed that Tartt fractured his forearm on Sunday, while Hikutini suffered an MCL injury.

The 49ers announced that they have signed offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale to the practice squad.

The 49ers tight end that most benefits from Vance McDonald trade is...

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The 49ers tight end that most benefits from Vance McDonald trade is...

Tight end Vance McDonald, whose name first came up in trade talks during the draft, has a new home.

The 49ers dealt McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday morning in exchange for a fourth-round pick, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

"We would like to thank Vance for his contributions to this organization on the field and in the community over the last four seasons," 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. "Although I have only known Vance for a short time, I quickly learned that he and his wife, Kendi, have been tremendous representatives for the team in the community and their service to others is quite commendable. We wish the McDonald family all the best as they move on to a new opportunity in Pittsburgh."

McDonald came to the 49ers as a second-round draft pick in 2013. The 49ers paid McDonald a $7 million signing bonus in December to lock him up for five more seasons.

But the new 49ers regime preferred the other options, including veteran pickup Logan Paulsen, a blocking specialist, and rookie George Kittle, a fifth-round draft pick.

The player who figures to benefit most from McDonald’s trade is veteran Garrett Celek, a sixth-year player who originally signed with the 49ers in 2012 as an undrafted rookie from Michigan State.

Celek has 56 catches for 678 yards and six touchdowns in 55 games. McDonald recorded 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns in 48 games with 30 starts.

The 49ers could look to retain undrafted rookie tight end Cole Hikutini on the practice squad, if the team waives him and he goes unclaimed by the other 31 teams. Blake Bell, who enters his third season after being a fourth-round pick in 2015, faces a stiff challenge to make the team.

All NFL teams must trim their rosters from the 90-player maximum to the regular-season-season limit of 53 players by the Saturday deadline. The 49ers’ final exhibition game is Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium.

Source: 49ers to sign tight end Logan Paulsen

Source: 49ers to sign tight end Logan Paulsen

The 49ers have been active as free agency opens for the upcoming 2017 NFL season.

San Francisco will sign Bears free agent tight end Logan Paulsen, sources told Fallon Smith.

Paulsen is considered an elite blocking tight end. He has 82 receptions for 816 yards and six touchdowns over six NFL seasons between Washington and Chicago, but the 30-year-old caught just three passes for 15 yards last year with the Bears.

The 49ers also have reported deals with quarterback Brian Hoyer, WRs Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin, FB Kyle Juszczyk and LB Malcolm Smith.