49ers 2016 free agent tracker


The unofficial opening of NFL free agency kicked off Monday.

Teams were permitted, beginning Monday, to contact and enter into negotiations with agents of players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Players are not allowed to sign with new clubs until Wednesday, 1 p.m. (PT).

Here’s an update of 49ers-related happenings:

8:15 a.m.: The 49ers are on free-agent linebacker James Laurinaitis list of visits, according to his famous father's Twitter account. Laurinaitis has yet to visit the 49ers, sources told CSNBayArea.com, and at this time it is unclear if he will meet with 49ers officials.

7:00 p.m.: A possible trade that would send quarterback Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers to the Cleveland Browns hinges on Kaepernick and the Browns reaching an agreement on a pay cut, reports Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. The Browns are looking to trim Kaepernick's salary in half, according to the report.

5:00 p.m.: The 49ers have reached contract terms with kicker Phil Dawson on a one-year deal, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

12:15 p.m: The 49ers and Browns are in “general agreement” regarding the draft-pick compensation for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported. However, the Browns and Kaepernick’s agents have not made progress on a restructured contract that would be a necessity for a trade to occur, Silver reports. Meanwhile, the 49ers and Broncos have not agreed on compensation, but Siliver reports the Broncos and Kaepernick’s side have engaged in “productive” talks about a restructured contract.

11:15 a.m.: There's nothing new with Colin Kaepernick, but there is other quarterback news around the NFL. The Denver Broncos reportedly acquired quarterback Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles, and former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin has reportedly scheduled his first free-agent visit with the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the 49ers continue to hold onto Kaepernick as they wait for a team to meet their trade demands.

7:20 a.m.: Cardinals free-agent guard Ted Larsen, who had a productive meeting Thursday with the 49ers, is meeting today with the Seattle Seahawks, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

5:29 a.m.: Colin Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter, who tweeted that Kaepernick "respects (coach) Hue Jackson." The 49ers continue to have discussions with the Browns and Denver Broncos.

7:00 p.m.:
The 49ers "reached out" to Seahawks free-agent tackle Russell Okung, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports. Okung reportedly has visits set up the New York Giants and Detroit Lions.  

5:00 p.m.: The 49ers are "holding tight" in their demands for compensation in a trade for Kaepernick, a source told CSNBayArea.com. The Denver Browns or Cleveland Browns appear to be the most-likely landing spots for Kaepernick, whose representation requested permission two weeks ago to seek a trade. The New York Jets have also expressed interest in acquiring Kaepernick. Silver reports the 49ers are seeking a second-round draft pick in return for Kaepernick.

4:47 p.m.: Cardinals free-agent guard Ted Larsen visit to the 49ers on Thursday "went great," a source told CSNBayArea.com. The sides are talking about a deal while Larsen considers his other options. Larsen is still scheduled to make the trip to meet with the Seattle Seahawks, who lost free-agent guard JR Sweezy on Wednesday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

4:31 p.m.: The 49ers have yet to reach agreement terms of a trade that would send Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos, Silver reports. The Cleveland Browns remain interested, he reported. Silver states that a trade is not likely to happen tonight, but the situation remains fluid.

2:45 p.m.: New 49ers quarterback Thad Lewis took part in a conference call with reporters. He said he left an impression on Chip Kelly from their one season together in Philadelphia, and Kelly left an impression on him. Click here to read what Lewis had to say.

1:45 p.m.: The 49ers officially announced a one-year agreement with quarterback Thad Lewis, who spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster in Chip Kelly's offense. In four NFL seasons, Lewis also spent time with the Rams, Browns, Bills and Texans. The 49ers' contract agreement with Lewis was reported on Wednesday. Lewis visited the 49ers on Thursday, along with running back Lance Dunbar and guard Ted Larsen, and had to pass a physical before the deal became official.

1:16 p.m.: The 49ers are currently hosting free-agent visitors quarterback Thad Lewis (Philadelphia), running back Lance Dunbar (Dallas) and guard Ted Larsen (Arizona) at Levi's Stadium. The team has already reached contract terms with Lewis. Dunbar's was limited to four games last season due to an ACL tear.

12:35 p.m.: Trade talks the 49ers have held with Denver, Cleveland and the New York Jets concerning Kaepernick are in a holding pattern, according to a source. That does not mean that talks cannot heat up in a hurry, though. As Silver pointed out, there are more layers to this deal. The 49ers have to work out compensation with a team to trade Kaepernick. And the team that acquires Kaepernick would likely work out a contract agreement that works for both sides.

9 a.m.: Two former 49ers employees will reportedly be meeting up, as Broncos free-agent tight end Vernon Davis is scheduled to visit Washington, where the man who drafted him is now working. Washington's general manager is Scot McCloughan. Schefter reported the scheduled visit.

8:30 a.m.: The Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns have contacted the 49ers about a potential trade for Kaepernick, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers have not yet received an offer to prompt them to part ways with Kaepernick, the source said.

6:45 a.m.: The 49ers entered free agency with 67 players under contract and $61,849,891 million in salary-cap space, according to the NFL Players Association. At the beginning of the new league year, which opened Wednesday, through the final cuts of training camp, only each team's top-51 paid players count against the cap. The 49ers' cap figure does not include Ian Williams, who agreed Wednesday to a contract extension reportedly between $5 million and $6 million per season.

5:19 a.m.: Free-agent cornerback Sean Smith agreed to terms with the Raiders, according to David Canter, Smith's agent. The 49ers were among the three finalist for Smith's services. Smith played the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who also attempted to retain him. The NFL Network reports the deal is four years for $40 million with $20 million guaranteed.

5:58 p.m.:
Former Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar will visit the 49ers, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. In his four-year career, Dunbar has carried just 85 times for 391 yards (4.6-yard average) with no touchdowns in 41 games. Dunbar is a bigger threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. The North Texas product caught 39 passes the past two seasons for 432 yards for an 11.7 average.

3:54 p.m.: The 49ers are scheduled to visit with Arizona Cardinals free-agent guard Ted Larsen, FoxSports.com reported. Larsen, 28, a six-year NFL veteran, started all 26 games in which he appeared for the Cardinals the past two seasons. Larsen, who started 10 games last season, replaced Jonathan Cooper at right guard last season. Cooper was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2013.

3:25 p.m.: The 49ers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent quarterback Thad Lewis, according to a league source. Lewis is familiar with coach Chip Kelly's system after being signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' active roster on Sept. 21.

2:01 p.m.: The 49ers are one of four teams to express interest in Denver running back C.J. Anderson, a restricted free agent, reports Pro Football Talk. New England, Chicago and Miami are also interested in Anderson, according to the report. The Broncos gave the lowest qualifying offer to Anderson, a one-year offer of $1.671 million. If any team signs Anderson to an offer sheet, the Broncos would have the right of first refusal but would not gain any compensation if they decline to match. The Broncos would have one week to match any signed offer sheet. Anderson, 24, a Cal product, rushed for 720 yards and five touchdowns with a 4.7-yard average last season for the Super Bowl-winning Broncos.

1:34 p.m.: The 49ers did not extend a qualifying offer to defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie, as previously reported. The lowest amount to tender a restricted free agent is $1.671 million. The 49ers hope to sign Jerod-Eddie to a contract, presumably at a less-expensive price. Meanwhile, linebacker Michael Wilhoite did receive a tender of $1.671 million. Wilhoite can sign an offer sheet with another team, but the 49ers have the right to match the deal. If they do not match another team's offer to Wilhoite, the 49ers would receive no compensation.

1:00 p.m.: The free-agent signing period officially opens. The 49ers have three players who officially became unrestricted free agents:

WR Anquan Boldin
K Phil Dawson
RB Reggie Bush

12:45: The 49ers, Raiders and Kansas City are "still in on Sean Smith," reports Peter King of the MMQB. Smith, a 6-foot-3 cornerback, played the past three seasons in Kansas City.

12:14 p.m.: Free-agent quarterback Robert Griffin is reportedly on the Broncos' list of replacements. Schefter reports Griffin could be visiting Denver.

12:10 p.m.: Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans, according to an NFL Network report. That could place the Broncos in the market for Kaepernick. Here's what Broncos GM John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak had to say about Kaepernick last summer after two joint practices between the 49ers and Broncos.

9:30 a.m.: Shortly after Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network speculated the Denver Broncos might "come after" Kaepernick if they are unable to re-sign Brock Osweiler, Rapoport reported the Broncos are "ramping up" their effort to retain Osweiler. He is also reportedly considering the Houston Texans. Rapoport stated that Kaepernick "appears to be backup plan" for the Broncos. Kaepernick's representatives have asked the 49ers for permission to seek a trade. The 49ers have not acted on that request.

8:45 a.m.: The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly agreed to terms with soon-to-be-former 49ers guard Alex Boone on a free-agent contract. After two years of contract disputes it was considered highly unlikely Boone would return to the 49ers as a free agent.

7:19 a.m.: The 49ers are working toward a new contract for defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Jerod-Eddie has appeared in 47 games the past three seasons as a rotation player. Jerod-Eddie is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but the 49ers want to sign him to a contract to avoid paying him the minimum qualifying offer of $1.671 million. Presumably, the 49ers wish to retain Jerod-Eddie at a lower price.

5:00 a.m.: The 49ers reached a five-year contract extension with nose tackle Ian Williams, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Williams was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent when the signing period opens at 1 p.m. Williams was considered the 49ers' top free-agent priority. He ranked third on the team in tackles last season and played in all 16 games for the first time in his five-year career.

4:45 a.m.: Some free agents that could have been attractive to the 49ers have agreed to deals with new teams. The Raiders have an agreement in place with Seattle pass-rusher Bruce Irvin, while the New York Giants have reached a deal with Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, according to reports. The expected contracts can be signed after 1 p.m.

1:05 p.m.: The 49ers announced qualifying offers to linebacker Michael Wilhoite and guard Jordan Devey to retain their contract rights. The 49ers hold the right of first refusal on Wilhoite, enabling them to match any offer he might receive as a restricted free agent. Devey, an exclusive-rights free agent, has no outside negotiating power.

1:00 p.m.: The 49ers signed free-agent linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to a one-year contract extension, the 49ers announced.

10:14 a.m.: The 49ers are certainly in need of an upgrade at pass-rusher, but a couple of the top options in free agency are no longer available. The Jacksonville Jaguars reached an agreement with Denver free-agent defensive lineman Malik Jackson on a six-year deal, according to multiple national reports. And Kansas City is re-signing Tamba Hali to a three-year deal, reports ESPN.

7:01 a.m.: The 49ers are expected to finalize tenders for their restricted and exclusive-rights free agents. The team has already informed RFA linebacker Michael Wilhoite and EFA guard Jordan Devey that the club will retain their contract rights, sources told CSNBayArea.com. Defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie and linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong are the other scheduled restricted free agents.

11:19 a.m.: Washington has released former 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, reports CSN Mid-Atlantic. The 49ers do not figure to be interested in reuniting with Goldson. Chip Kelly recently told reporters that he was very impressed with the 49ers' collection of safeties. Said Kelly, "I think the safety position is really talented. That probably jumped out at you the most on the defensive side. At a position in this league, where there’s not a lot of safeties, I think you got a lot of capable players at that position.” 

10:52 a.m.: The 49ers have discussed Kansas City cornerback Sean Smith, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Smith, a seven-year veteran, has been on the 49ers’ radar in the past. Smith (6 foot 3, 218 pounds) started 44 games the past three seasons after signing with Kansas City as a free agent after four seasons with the Miami Dolphins. 

9:38 a.m.: The 49ers are one of approximately 10 teams that have expressed interest in Seattle free-agent guard J.R. Sweezy, according to the NFL Network. Alex Boone, a four-year starter for the 49ers, is scheduled for unrestricted free agency. The 49ers and Boone made no progress toward a multi-year deal after he skipped the past two offseason programs in a contract dispute.

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Sweezy, 26, has started in the Seahawks’ zone-blocking scheme the past three seasons. His legal cut block of 49ers’ nose tackle Ian Williams early in the 2013 season resulted in Williams’ season-ending fractured lower leg.

8:56 a.m.: John Middlekauff ‪of San Francisco radio station 95.7 The Game wrote on Twitter: “Heard the #49ers have had talks with KC about acquiring De'Anthony Thomas in a trade.” Middlekauf worked as a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles under Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Thomas (5 foot 8, 176 pounds) is a two-year NFL veteran after playing collegiately at Oregon. In two seasons, he has 40 receptions for 296 yards, along with 23 rushing attempts for 147 yards. He has averaged 10.0 yards on 63 punt returns and 28.3 yards on 20 kickoff returns.

8:00 a.m.: Quarterback Robert Griffin is heading toward free agency a couple days early after reports Washington will release him on Monday. With Kaepernick’s future up in the air, Griffin could interest the 49ers.

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