Twenty-seven-year-old Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne just announced he has signed a futures contract with the 49ers. The contract guarantees Hayne a spot on the Niners’ 90-man offseason roster.
Good, creative signing. Hayne has the physical traits of a first round pick. He is 6’2″, 226 pounds and he reportedly ran a 4.53 40-yard dash a few weeks ago. Compare Hayne to Melvin Gordon, who is expected to be a first-round pick in May. Gordon is 6’1″, 215 pounds and he ran a 4.52 at the NFL Combine.
Hayne never has played football. He may not make the 49ers’ final 53-man roster. If he does, God love him. If he doesn’t, at least we know what the Niners are looking for in Frank Gore’s replacement — a 220-pounder who runs about a 4.5.