The 49ers won’t make a journeyman running back pack up and find another team just yet.
The team announced Tuesday it was signing DuJuan Harris to a one-year contract. He joins just defensive lineman Chris Jones as members of the 2016 team to return on a deal in free agency from the new regime.
Harris ran for 138 yards on 38 carries, good for fifth-best on the team behind Carlos Hyde, Colin Kaepernick, Shaun Draughn and Blaine Gabbert. Most of those yards can be accounted to a solid performance against the New Orleans Saints in November, when he ran for 59 yards on 10 carries against the worst rush defense outside of Santa Clara.
Lynch consults Harbaugh
According to ESPN, 49ers general manager John Lynch reached out to a person familiar with the team’s operations while preparing for the NFL Draft: Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Lynch made the phone call to talk about the Wolverines’ many players in the draft and not to reach out for advice on how to deal with the 49ers organization.
Unsurprisingly, Harbaugh said he was “fired up” for Lynch and his new role.