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May 15, 2014
49ers sign RB Hyde, CB Johnson; five rookie deals done

The 49ers now have five of their 12 draft picks under contract after finishing deals for second-round pick Carlos Hyde, a running back, and fourth-round selection Dontae Johnson, a cornerback. The 235-pound Hyde trained with Frank Gore in Florida following the combine and the team is eyeing him as a possible workhorse running back and replacement for Gore should the veteran leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Johnson, meanwhile, has the size - 6-2, 200 pounds - the 49ers have been seeking at cornerback. He also is familiar to Jim Harbaugh, who recruited him at Stanford. Johnson, who is from New Jersey, chose N.C. State because it was closer to home.

"Yeah, that one left a bruise," Harbaugh said on Saturday. "But we got him now and he was really excited. Another great moment talking to him and he remembered us at Stanford, recruiting him and visiting. The time we visited together. Also [offensive coordinator] Greg Roman went out to the school and visited. So that was quite a thrill to get to talk to him, make him a part of our team."

The 49ers have deals with Hyde, Johnson, fellow cornerback Keith Reaser, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch and defensive end Kaleb Ramsey.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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