Player News - 49ers

Date: Team: Pos:

49ers signed RB/KR Jarryd Hayne.

Hayne is a 27-year-old Australian rugby star trying to make the leap to the NFL. He also drew interest from the Lions and Seahawks. Hayne stands in at 6'2/220. He's expected to compete for a special teams role as a gunner and return man. We advise typing his name in on YouTube and watching his rugby highlights.
Mar 2 - 10:14 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) is fully expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Willis sprained his left toe in Week 6 and ended up needing surgery. With Navorro Bowman (knee) also expected back healthy and Chris Borland emerging as a stud last year, the 49ers are stocked at inside linebacker once again.
Mar 2 - 8:42 AM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) is fully expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

It's been about 13 months since Bowman underwent surgery to repair the ACL/MCL tears he sustained in the 2013-14 NFC Championship Game. He has not played since. Turning 27 in May, Bowman is under contract through 2018.
Mar 2 - 8:30 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports free agent Chris Culliver is "one of the most sought after cornerbacks" on the open market.

Culliver is "graded high" by many teams and is expected to net a "big time deal." This comes a week after PFT's Mike Florio reported something similar, saying GMs and coaches were talking Culliver up at the Combine. At 6-foot and 199 pounds, Culliver has the size most teams covet in outside cornerbacks.
Mar 1 - 12:46 PM

Updating a previous item, 49ers WR Stevie Johnson will be asked to take a pay cut.

Dianna Russini of NBC 4 in Washington reported earlier Saturday Johnson would be released, but it appears he will be asked to take a pay cut first. He will likely be released if he refuses the pay cut. Johnson is currently the de facto No. 2 receiver in San Francisco.
Feb 28 - 1:15 PM

49ers released WR Stevie Johnson.

The move will save San Francisco $6.025 million against the 2015 salary cap. Acquired from Buffalo for a fourth-round pick last May, Johnson posted a 35/435/3 line in his lone season in San Francisco. A crisp route runner, Johnson had three straight 1000-yard receiving seasons under new Jets OC Chan Gailey while the pair were in Buffalo. He should find a healthy market as a solid possession receiver.
Feb 28 - 11:25 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have "strong interest" in free agent OG Mike Iupati.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been transitioning away from smaller, athletic zone linemen to large power blockers for the last year and a half. Iupati is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound road grader whom new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted in San Francisco. Iupati would be a natural fit in D.C. Per Russini, the Redskins can expect competition for Iupati's services from the Buccaneers.
Feb 27 - 3:44 PM

Free agent OG Mike Iupati is expected to reach the open market.

Iupati's return to San Francisco "remains a possibility," per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, but the 49ers appear willing to let the open market set Iupati's value. Iupati heads a free agent interior offensive line class that includes Orlando Franklin, Rodney Hudson, Stefen Wisniewski, and Clint Boling.
Feb 27 - 1:59 PM

Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne plans to pursue a career in the NFL.

Hayne just turned 27 and stands a rocked-up 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. He's drawn interest from the Lions, Seahawks, and 49ers and plans to sign with a team by next week. It's unclear what position he'd play in the NFL, but the expectation is he'll compete as a return man and special teamer. Hayne was the National Rugby League's player of the year in 2009 and 2014. There's an 11-minute highlight clip at the link below that is well worth watching.
Feb 25 - 11:22 AM

The Washington Post expects the Redskins to have some interest in free agent LG Mike Iupati.

Coach Jay Gruden wants to run more power offense in his second year at the helm, and Iupati is as powerful a lineman there is at 6'5/331. He's a mauling run blocker and would allow the Redskins to move on from finesse RG Chris Chester. LG Shawn Lauvao would then move to the right side. Iupati is expected to have a healthy market as the top free-agent guard. He'll turn 28 in May.
Feb 25 - 9:43 AM

PFT believes free agent CB Chris Culliver could have a "very significant" market.

Coaches and general managers were talking up Culliver to PFT's Mike Florio during the Combine. It remains to be seen if they'll be ponying up a ton of guaranteed cash, however, as Culliver carries a string of off-field incidents with him. Still, he's coming off an excellent season in coverage as a 14-game starter for the 49ers and the corner market is very weak. Culliver is set up for a payday.
Feb 23 - 12:06 PM

The 49ers are expected to ask Stevie Johnson to restructure his contract.

Johnson is due a $5.5 million base salary and has a $250,000 roster bonus in March. The 49ers can move on from him without any dead money and should ask Johnson to take a pay cut after he posted a 35/435/3 line last year. With Michael Crabtree a free agent, Johnson is currently the 49ers' No. 2 wideout.
Feb 20 - 4:52 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says free agent Frank Gore is looking to be paid $4 million per year.

The Niners like what they see from Carlos Hyde but it's going to be hard for them to pass on Gore, a franchise cornerstone and one of the league's most consistent rushers. Even with Hyde breathing down his neck, the 31-year-old still managed 1,106 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. La Canfora believes the 49ers are the only team willing to pay Gore his desired $4 million salary.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 12:55 PM

Speaking Thursday, new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula again hinted that Colin Kaepernick will be called on to run more in 2015.

"Colin Kaepernick, I don’t think it’s any secret that his legs work really well," Tomsula said. "We want to utilize the total package." Kaepernick isn't suddenly going to morph into Tim Tebow in 2015, but the 49ers have gone to great lengths to make it clear he'll be running more. Although it ups Kaepernick's injury risk, it's good news from a fantasy perspective.
Feb 19 - 2:34 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith will discuss his future with GM Trent Baalke after the NFL Combine.

A report surfaced after the season that Smith was leaning toward retirement, but we haven't heard anything since. Though certainly past his prime, Smith was still a productive player in 2014, recording 43 tackles and five sacks. The 35-year-old has one year remaining on his contract.
Feb 19 - 12:55 PM

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