Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsThe 49ers identified Weston Richburg as a solid center and a stand-up guy.

The decisions to sign center Weston Richburg and running back Jerick McKinnon were based on their talent, fit for the offense -- and work ethic.
Daniel Dunn/Icon SportswireBrock Coyle gave the 49ers depth at linebacker last season and was a special-teams mainstay.

After providing depth at linebacker and playing a key special-teams role, Brock Coyle has a new deal with the 49ers; we take a closer look.
Rich Graessle/Icon SportswireWeston Richburg brings versatility to the 49ers' offensive line.

The 49ers signed Weston Richburg to a five-year, $47.5M contract, with $16.5M fully guaranteed, in hopes that the center can stabilize their O-line.

Stephen A. Smith applauds San Francisco GM John Lynch for the job he's done bringing in a franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo and CB Richard Sherman, who has spent his entire career in the NFC West.
Nick Wosika/Icon SportswireJake Ryan was fined for this horse-collar tackle of Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon.

A closer look at Jerick McKinnon's contract reveals that all of the fully guaranteed money is loaded into the first year of the deal.

The Seattle Seahawks have yet to comment publicly on the motivation behind the recent moves that have claimed some of the team's most established veterans, but Richard Sherman has a theory.

The star cornerback -- who signed with NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers this week -- said on the Uninterrupted's "The Thomahawk Show" that coach Pete Carroll's message had become stale with some of the team's longer-tenured players and suggested that it's not the type of thing that would happen in college, where rosters turn over regularly.

"I think it was kind of philosophical on his part," Sherman said of Carroll, a former USC coach, on a podcast hosted by former Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas and retired receiver Andrew Hawkins. "A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out, and so we had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly because he just recycles them. And they're cool stories, they're great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them."

The Seahawks cut Sherman last week and traded defensive lineman Michael Bennett

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Two days into free agency, many players have signed with new teams or re-signed with their current ones. Safety Eric Reid isn't one of them.

Reid, who was the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and systemic oppression, took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to state his feelings on how his protests might be affecting his job search.

Reid went on to express his belief that the league's general managers aren't the ones keeping him from signing a new deal. Rather, the root of the problem is at the ownership level, he said.

After spending the past five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Reid became an unrestricted free agent when the new league year began Wednesday. Even as other free agents have found new deals and some continue to take visits, Reid has not been publicly linked to any potential landing spots.

That probably doesn't come as a surprise to Reid, who in December acknowledged that his protests could be held against him in free agency.

"I would say I understand that's a possibility," Reid said then. "And I'm completely fine with it. The things that I've done, I stand by, and I've done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I'm fine with whatever outcome happens because of that."

In 2016, Reid joined Kaepernick in his protest, first kneeling alongside him before a preseason game in San Diego after meeting with Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret and NFL long-snapper, to discuss potential protests that might be more respectful than sitting down during the national anthem.

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The Miami Dolphins acquired center Daniel Kilgore from the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday and released veteran center Mike Pouncey.

The Dolphins will also receive a 2018 seventh-round pick and send a 2018 seventh-round pick to San Francisco. The trade is contingent on Kilgore passing his physical.

Pouncey had requested to be released earlier on Thursday.

Kilgore re-signed with the 49ers earlier this offseason on a three-year contract. The 49ers signed center Weston Richburg in free agency this week. He will likely replace Kilgore at the position for the 49ers.

Pouncey, 28, was signed through the 2020 season as part of a five-year extension he signed with the team in 2015. With his release, the Dolphins save $7 million on their salary cap.

Pouncey told the Palm Beach Post on Thursday that he wanted a raise, but the request was declined.

"I gave this city everything I had," Pouncey told the Post. "I'm heartbroken."

Pouncey joins Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry, Lawrence Timmons and Julius Thomas as veterans released or traded this offseason.

"At the end of the day I'm a Miami Dolphin for life," Pouncey told the Post. "This city gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think it was awesome. I had a hell of a ride here."

Kilgore, 30, was a 2011 fifth-round pick by the Niners. He emerged as a locker room leader and one of the team's most dependable veterans over the past couple of seasons.

"On behalf of the entire organization I want to thank Dan for everything he contributed to this team and the Bay Area community over the last seven seasons," 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

In 2017, Pouncey played his first 16-game season since 2012. He was coming off back-to-back seasons of major hip surgery but didn't show any effects of the injuries last season.

He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, earning the honors in three consecutive seasons from 2013 to 2015. He has played in 93 games (all starts) since the Dolphins made him the 15th pick in the 2011 draft.

Pouncey, who was a team captain last season, also was one of the central figures in the locker room bullying scandal involving former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin

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AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonRichard Sherman is coming off a ruptured Achilles that ended his 2017 season in November.

Richard Sherman's deal with the 49ers could be worth up to $39.15 million if he regains his All-Pro form. Here's a look at the deal, year by year.
AP Photo/Matt DunhamJerick McKinnon's deal on a per-year basis is almost the same as that of Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

The new deals signed by Jerick McKinnon, Dion Lewis and Carlos Hyde show that teams are willing to pay for a running back who fits their offense.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY SportsAnyone who spent time around Richard Sherman in Seattle says he was a positive influence and helpful to the team's young cornerbacks.

Richard Sherman will wear the same number he's had since entering the NFL when he steps on the field with the 49ers.

The San Francisco 49ers will sign former Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year, $30 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The signing comes on the same day that 49ers running back Carlos Hyde agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Browns.

McKinnon, 25, hit free agency looking for a much bigger role than the one he shared as part of the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

After Dalvin Cook went down with a torn ACL in Week 4, McKinnon became part of one of the best running back tandems in the league alongside Latavius Murray. From Week 5 on, McKinnon averaged 3.9 yards per rush, gaining 544 yards on 140 carries while catching 43 passes for 381 yards.

His role as a pass-catching running back helped usher in a new era for Minnesota's run game that went from last in 2016 to No. 7 last season. The dual-threat back played a prominent role in the screen game and helped the Vikings maintain a steady flow of explosive plays despite Cook's absence.

McKinnon thanked the Vikings' organization and his former teammates in a series of tweets Wednesday.

McKinnon was a third-round selection out of Georgia Southern by the Vikings in the 2014 draft. He has averaged 4.0 yards per carry over his four NFL seasons.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.

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Scott Winters/Icon SportswireReceiver Marquise Goodwin, a free-agent addition who spent his first four seasons in Buffalo, has been the 49ers' top playmaker this preseason.

Here are the details of the three-year contract extension Goodwin signed with the 49ers.

The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign former San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, as first reported by the NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN.

Hyde will receive a three-year deal worth more than $15 million, including $6 million in the first year, according to the NFL Network.

However, the agreement to sign Hyde does not eliminate Saquon Barkley from the Browns' draft board, according to a league source familiar with the team's thinking. The Browns are keeping their options open, and that means Barkley remains part of the discussion with either of their first-round draft picks.

"Nobody is ruled out," the source said of the way the Browns view the draft board.

The Browns have the first and fourth picks in the draft and are expected to take a quarterback with one of the picks. Barkley, ranked the best player in the draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., has been in the Browns' discussions -- especially after he impressed at the combine. Hyde's addition to go with Duke Johnson might mean the Browns would look away from Barkley, but the source said that is not the case.

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