The Seahawks haven’t officially announced the members of their practice squad yet, but they’ve reportedly already lost one to the roster of their biggest NFC West rival.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the 49ers have signed wide receiver Chris Harper off of the Seahawks’ practice squad. Harper was a fourth-round pick this year, making him one of the highest draft picks to get cut as teams set their 53-man rosters albeit one that has now found his way back to one before the start of the regular season.
Harper caught 58 passes for 857 yards at Kansas State in 2012, numbers that were likely deflated a bit by the fact that the Wildcats were a run-first team with Collin Klein under center. All that run blocking should help Harper with the 49ers, who like to run the ball and generally like players who play with the physical style that Harper employed in his collegiate days.
Since he was signed off of a practice squad, Harper will be guaranteed three weeks of salary from the Niners even if he doesn’t stick around that long. The 49ers kept five receivers on cutdown day, although there will need to be a roster move to make room for Harper.