They’re dropping like flies …
49ers signing Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the San Francisco 49ers intend to sign running back Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10M deal. It’s a move that reunites Coleman with 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Coleman’s offensive coordinator in Atlanta during his earlier years as a pro. And at just two years and $10 million, Coleman is an absolute bargain for what he brings to the table: he’s coming off a season in which he set career highs in rush attempts (167), rushing yards (800), scrimmage yards (1,076), and total touches (199). Yeah.
San Francisco was rumored to be one of the teams interested in signing Le’Veon Bell, but ended up on the outside looking in when he signed with the Jets. So, yeah, you can cross San Francisco off the list of potential suitors in a theoretical Jordan Howard deal and list them as a team committing to a running-back-by-committee strategy (Coleman with Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon). That type of three-headed monster backfield is something I thought could’ve been in play with the Bears. Instead, it’s another creative offensive mind who gets to sort out carries between three talented backs.
At least the Bears haven’t come up completely empty handed so far, as Mike Davis is a capable running back with pass-catching skills out of the backfield. It’s just that he hasn’t proven to be on Coleman’s level at this time.