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Jarryd Hayne to join 49ers, not Lions

The Jarryd Hayne saga has come to a rather surprising end with him deciding to join the San Francisco 49ers instead of the Detroit Lions.

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It turns out that former Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne will not be joining the Detroit Lions after all. A report last month indicated that Hayne was ready to announce a deal with the Lions, and everything looked to be on track for both sides earlier on Monday. However, during a Tuesday press conference in Australia, Hayne announced that he is instead signing with the San Francisco 49ers.

News of Hayne's decision to go with San Francisco instead of Detroit was first broken by The Sydney Morning Herald. According to their report, Hayne agreed to a futures deal with the 49ers on Sunday, opting to join them instead of the Lions and Seattle Seahawks, which were also reportedly interested in him.

It's unclear what led to this sudden change, but The Sydney Morning Herald cited this as a reason behind Hayne's decision to sign with the 49ers: "It is believed the lifestyle of San Francisco compared to Detroit was a factor in his decision."

I can't imagine Hayne just became aware of the differences between San Francisco and Detroit, so I wonder if the Lions' recent move to release Reggie Bush, who met with Hayne during a trip to Australia last year, played a role in his decision.

In any case, Hayne is now officially off to San Francisco. He first showed up on the Lions' radar last October, and he visited the team in December. Since then, it seemed like a deal between Hayne and the Lions was going to eventually happen once paperwork involving his visa was worked out, but clearly things changed in the last week or so.

UPDATE: That explains it:

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