49ers Sign Australian Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne (Video)
NFL free agency doesn’t begin until March 10, but the San Francisco 49ers weren’t waiting until then to make a splash, signing highly-coveted Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne to a contract on Monday.
Hayne makes the transition to the NFL after being named the National Rugby League’s best player on two separate occasions. He’s listed at 6’2″ and 226 pounds, and in December he ran a 4.53 40-yard dash.
The 27-year-old was also in talks with the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions before deciding on the Niners, where he’ll likely battle for running back and kick/punt return duties. His contract includes a $100,000 guarantee.
Here’s a look at Jarryd Hayne working out for NFL teams:
And here’s six minutes of Jarryd Hayne rugby highlights from the 2014 season: