Player News - 49ers

Date: Team: Pos:

49ers signed LB Dekoda Watson, formerly of the Broncos, to a three-year, $6-million contract.

A seventh-round pick of the Bucs in 2010, Watson has bounced around the league the last three seasons, spending time with the Cowboys, Jags, and Patriots before appearing in 16 games with the Broncos in 2016. Perhaps he will compete for a role in the 49ers' lackluster defense, but his biggest contributions have come on special teams to this point.
Mar 18 - 9:42 AM

Free agent LB Dekoda Watson visited the Seahawks on Thursday.

A reserve linebacker, Watson spent 2016 with the Broncos. He makes his mark on special teams.
Mar 16 - 5:10 PM

49ers re-signed DT Chris Jones to a one-year contract.

Picked up midseason after he was cut by the Dolphins, Jones started the final six games of the season and displayed some promise as a run defender. He'll compete for a job in the 49ers' new 4-3 under DC Robert Saleh.
Mar 16 - 12:21 PM

49ers acquired C Jeremy Zuttah from the Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick.

The 49ers are swapping sixth-round picks, with the Ravens moving up 12 spots. Zuttah was going to be released, but the trade keeps him off the market. San Francisco will take on the remaining two years and $9.2 million of Zuttah's contract.
Mar 15 - 5:20 PM

Ravens released C Jeremy Zuttah.

The writing was on the wall for this one, though Zuttah had a strong season in 2016, getting named to the Pro Bowl and grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 14 center out of 37 qualifiers. He received extremely strong marks for his run blocking. After losing RT Rick Wagner in free agency, the Ravens have yet another hole to fill on the offensive line. Zuttah turns 31 in June.
Mar 15 - 10:58 AM

49ers GM John Lynch said he views new FB Kyle Juszczyk as an offensive weapon.

That much was clear when they decided to give him $21 million over four years including $10.5 million guaranteed. Juszczyk caught 97 passes during his four years in Baltimore including 78 in the last two seasons. He will likely be used as the passing-down complement to Carlos Hyde, and it would not be surprising to see him involved in the running game as well. Juszczyk will be an interesting name in PPR drafts this summer.
Source: MMQB
Mar 13 - 12:25 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team will "continue to look" for quarterbacks.

San Francisco filled the immediate void at quarterback by signing Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, but neither is the long-term answer. San Francisco could end up addressing the position in the draft, or they could bring in another stopgap option and bet on landing Kirk Cousins in free agency next spring. As it stands now, Hoyer looks like the Week 1 starter, but that could change.
Mar 11 - 9:28 AM

49ers signed CB Don Jones, formerly of the Texans, to a two-year contract.

A 2013 seventh-rounder, Jones appeared in 13 games between the Browns and Texans last season. He's a special teamer. Even in talent-barren San Francisco, he'll have to fight for one of the team's final spots on the 53-man roster.
Mar 10 - 10:47 PM

49ers signed LB Brock Coyle, formerly of the Seahawks, to a one-year contract.

Originally a restricted free agent, Coyle was not tendered by the Seahawks. His primary job should be on special teams.
Source: 49ers.com
Mar 10 - 8:23 PM

49ers signed QB Matt Barkley, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $4-million contract.

Barkley started six games for the hapless Bears last season, completing 59.7 percent of his throws with an 8:14 TD:INT mark. He showed glimpses of competency at times, but Barkley completely fell apart the final month of the season, turning the ball over 11 times in the final three games. He threw five picks in a Week 16 home start against the Redskins. He'll have to win a backup job.
Mar 9 - 11:49 PM

49ers signed WR Aldrick Robinson, formerly of the Falcons, to a two-year contract.

Kyle Shanahan continues to court his former players. The deal is worth up to $6 million, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Robinson spent last year as the Falcons' No. 4 wideout, reeling in a career-high 20 catches for 323 yards and two touchdowns. The 28-year-old won't face as much competition in San Francisco, but he's still miles off the fantasy radar.
Mar 9 - 11:17 PM

49ers signed K Robbie Gould, formerly of the Giants, on a two-year, $4 million contract with $1 million guaranteed.

The Giants apparently didn't make much of an effort to re-sign Gould, who announced he was testing the market earlier this week. Signed midway through last season, Gould converted all 12 of his field goals and 21-of-24 extra points.
Mar 9 - 6:34 PM

49ers agreed to terms with TE Logan Paulsen, formerly of the Bears, on a one-year contract.

A well-traveled blocking tight end, Paulsen is capable of playing the Levine ToiLOLo role in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Paulsen turned 30 last month.
Mar 9 - 1:46 PM

49ers agreed to terms with Pierre Garcon, formerly of the Redskins, on a five-year, $47.5-million contract with $17 million fully guaranteed.

While it is being reported as a "five-year deal," the contract is really a two-year agreement with options the final three seasons. Still, it is a lot of money for a 30-year-old receiver, but Garcon's game should age well and he has a history of success in new coach Kyle Shanahan's offense -- he caught 113 passes while the pair were together with the Redskins in 2013. If the 49ers figure out the quarterback situation, Garcon could be a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2017.
Mar 9 - 12:19 PM

Brian Hoyer's two-year deal is worth $12 million, but includes $10 million guaranteed with an additional $6 million available in incentives.

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Hoyer's incentives are reasonably attainable if he becomes "a productive starter." Still, the deal is backup caliber and worth less than last year's Chase Daniel contract with Philadelphia. Hoyer appears likely to make significantly less money than Mike Glennon, whom the Bears chose signing over Hoyer as a stopgap game manager. The 49ers could still easily use an early-round pick on a quarterback if they deem one worthy.
Mar 8 - 9:53 PM


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