One day after Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne announced on Sydney television he chosen to begin a possible NFL career with the 49ers, the signing became official.
The 49ers announced Tuesday evening that Hayne signed undrafted free agent Hayne to a three-year contract. Per NFL rules, all undrafted free agents must initially sign three-year contracts.
A source said there is a “component” for guaranteed money in Hayne’s contract. Hayne said he will receive $100,000 guaranteed. No other team offered him any guaranteed money, he said.
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Hayne (6 foot 2, 226 pounds) said he chose the 49ers over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. Although the 49ers did not list Hayne at a particular position, he is expected to play running back and, possibly, return punts.
Hayne, 27, spent the past nine years (2006-14) in the National Rugby League with the Parramatta Eels. In 2014, Hayne won numerous Dally M Awards, including Player of the Year, Best Fullback, Top Tryscorer and Representative Player.
He previously won the Dally M Player of the Year and Best Fullback Awards in 2009, the Best Winger Award in 2007, and the Best Rookie Award in 2006. He also represented Fiji in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup and Australia in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.