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49ers sign Seahawks’ draft pick WR Harper

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POSTED September 3, 2013 1:04 a.m.

SANTA CLARA (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Chris Harper to a three-year contract.

San Francisco announced the move during its off day Monday before Week 1 preparation begins in earnest ahead of Sunday’s season opener against Green Bay.

Harper was a fourth-round draft pick by the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks, who released him Saturday.

Also Monday, the 49ers traded linebacker Cam Johnson to the Colts. Indianapolis says it sent an undisclosed conditional draft pick to the 49ers. The Colts did not immediately announce a corresponding roster move.

The 6-foot-2, 268-pound linebacker was San Francisco’s seventh-round draft pick in 2012.

The trade came just a couple of hours after Indy announced it signed rookie receiver Da’Rick Rogers to the practice squad and waived receiver Nathan Palmer with an injury settlement.

San Francisco added seven players to its practice squad: tackle Carter Bykowski, running back Jewel Hampton, wideout Chuck Jacobs, cornerback Darryl Morris, guard Patrick Omameh, nose tackle Mike Purcell and safety Michael Thomas.

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