SANTA CLARA -- Here’s are the latest free-agent reports and scuttlebutt involving the 49ers:
3/11: The NFL Network reports that the 49eras are among four teams interested in Seattle OT Russell Okung.
3/11: Guard Ted Larsen, who appears to be the 49ers’ top target in free agent, is visiting the Seahawks today. Larsen, who played the last two seasons in Arizona, visited the 49ers Thursday.
3/10: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, a restricted free agent, has been signed to an offer sheet by the Dolphins. That means Denver has five days to match the offer. Anderson, who is from the Bay Area, apparently was in the area at the start of free agency. Which implies that the 49ers were never serious, or as serious as Miami, about landing the young runner.
3/10: Chiefs free-agent cornerback Sean Smith will sign with the Raiders, his agent said. The deal is four years and $40 million. It’s unclear whether the 49ers ever were in the running to land Smith.
3/9: ESPN reported late Wednesday that Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar, 26, would visit the 49ers this week. Dunbar (5-8, 195 pounds) appeared in four games last season, rushing five times for 67 yards. His season was cut short by an ACL/MCL tear suffered Oct. 4, which puts into doubt his availability for Week 1 this season.
3/9: Fox Sports reports the 49ers will visit with Cardinals free-agent guard Ted Larsen, who started 26 games for Arizona over the last two seasons. Larsen, 28, originally was a sixth-round pick by the Patriots in 2010. He’s played both left and right guard over his career.
3/9: According to the NFL Network, the 49ers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with quarterback Thad Lewis. Lewis, 28, was on the Eagles roster last year but was not active for any games. Lewis, who played at Duke, entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He’s been on the Rams, Browns, Bills and Texans rosters since.
His most prolific season came in 2013 with Buffalo. Lewis started five games, was 93-157 for 1,092 yards and threw four touchdowns against three interceptions.
3/9: A league source told The Bee the 49ers are among the teams interested in Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who is a restricted free agent. Denver made a surprise move this week when they placed the lowest-level tender on Anderson. That means they have the right to match any offer he gets, but will receive no draft-pick compensation should he sign elsewhere.
It may end up that any other team that signs Anderson to an offer sheet is merely doing the Broncos' work for them. But at age 25, he is worth checking out. While splitting carries with Ronnie Hillman for most of the season, Anderson finished 2015 with 720 rushing yards (4.74-yard avg.) and five touchdowns. He started Super Bowl 50 and rushed for the team's only offensive touchdown. He was born in Richmond, went to high school in Vallejo and played at Cal.
The 49ers were among the teams interested in Tampa Bay runner Doug Martin, but he will re-sign with Tampa Bay instead, according to multiple reports. The Dolphins, whose head coach, Adam Gase, used to be Denver's offensive coordinator, also could have interest in Anderson, especially if free-agent running back Lamar Miller lands elsewhere.
Pro Football Talk reported that the Dolphins, Bears and Patriots also have shown interest in Anderson.
3/9: ESPN reported that the Minnesota Vikings would sign 49ers guard Alex Boone when the league year begins at 1 p.m. After Boone and the 49ers failed to come up with a contract extension in 2014, it became clear he would move on in free agency. He and the 49ers have had only cursory discussions since. In Minnesota, Boone will work under offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who was the 49ers’ tight ends coach last year.
3/9: The 49ers reached agreement on a five-year contract extension with nose tackle Ian Williams. He was set to become a free agent at 1 p.m today. The team’s starting defensive line for the beginning on 2016 appears to be Arik Armstead, Williams and Quinton Dial.
3/8: The 49ers signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to a one-year contract extension. Armstrong, 25, is expected to compete with Michael Wilhoite, Gerald Hodges, Shayne Skov, Nick Bellore and perhaps others for the starting inside linebacker spot next to NaVorro Bowman. Armstrong was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. Terms of his deal were not announced, but it’s likely less than the $1.67 million tender for restricted free agents
3/8: As reported last week, the 49ers are among the teams showing interest in Tampa Bay free agent running back Doug Martin. However, it appears other teams are pursuing Martin more intensely than San Francisco. Martin was born in Oakland and grew up in Stockton. ***UPDATE*** The Tampa Bay Times reported late Tuesday that the Buccaneers were closing in on a deal to retain Martin for approximately $6.85 million a year.
3/8: The 49ers have placed the lowest-level tender, $1.671 million, on linebacker Michael Wilhoite, his agent said. That allows the 49ers to match any offer Wilhoite receives in free agency but they would receive no draft compensation if he is allowed to sign elsewhere. The 49ers also have tendered exclusive rights free agent Jordan Devey, a guard. If Devey makes the squad he would earn the league minimum, $600,000.
The 49ers have not tendered another restricted free agent, defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie. They are believed to have offered him a modest, one-year contract instead. Jerod-Eddie will test the market and assess his worth -- in fact, his agent probably is doing so now -- before signing the deal. The 49ers have little depth along the defensive line heading into the offseason.
3/8: The NFL Network reported that the Raiders this week would sign perhaps the biggest fish in the free-agent market, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, to a deal on Wednesday. The 49ers were believed to have some interest in Osemele, but not at the price for which he ultimately will be signed, which reportedly will be for $11 million a year.
3/7: Seahawks free-agent guard J.R. Sweezy is garnering a lot of interest, and according to a league source, the 49ers are among the teams in the mix. They are expected to keep tabs on all of the top guards in the market, perhaps bailing to the next one on their list -- and so on, and so forth -- if the price grows too steep. Sweezy, of course, is familiar to them from the trench warfare they've undergone with the Seahawks over the years. Team officials may appreciate Sweezy’s feistiness, although nose tackle Ian Williams, who is a free agent himself, probably isn't as keen on his style. After all, Sweezy broke Williams' ankle with a cut block three years ago.
3/7: As noted last week, the 49ers are expected to be in the market for cornerback Sean Smith. At 6-3, he’d be the biggest member of the secondary -- Chip Kelly has gone after big corners in the past -- and would presumably start opposite Tramaine Brock.
3/7: Radio host John Middlekauf wrote that the 49ers and Chiefs -- no stranger to trade deals -- have discussed a deal for Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas. Chip Kelly obviously is familiar witth Thomas having coached him at Oregon. Thomas is 5-9 and theoretically could fill the quasi-WR/RB role Darren Sproles had last year with the Eagles.
49ers free agency
* Signed QB Thad Lewis to a one-year deal
* Agreed to terms with NT Ian Williams on a five-year deal
* Tendered ILB Michael Wilhoite with a one-year offer
* Tendered G Jordan Devey with a one-year offer
* G Alex Boone to Minnesota on a four-year deal