Tevin Coleman has spent most of his career being the number two to Devonta Freeman’s number one, but now he has decided to take his talents elsewhere, and that is to San Francisco. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the deal is for two-years, $10 million.
Coleman is a nice back who can run the ball pretty well, but he is also a threat in the passing game, and a versatile running back is always a commodity in the NFL because you can almost get two positions out of one player.
With Freeman injured this past season, Coleman started 14 games in Atlanta, and he ran for exactly 800 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. To go with that he ran for four touchdowns, caught five touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 276 yards.
The backfield is pretty crowded at this point in San Francisco with Jerick McKinnon, Raheem Mostert, Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson all under contract. McKinnon missed all of last season, but he was a well-rounded back in Minnesota, but all of those guys have shown capability to be productive in the NFL. With that said, it’s safe to guess that not all of those guys will be on the roster when the start of the season rolls around.
The most likely one-two punch for the Niners will be McKinnon and now Coleman, who 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan coached in Atlanta when he was the offensive coordinator.
I really like this move for San Francisco as they try and add weapons for the return of Jimmy Garoppolo this upcoming season.
As far as things go for the Falcons, I don’t think they’ll miss Coleman too much because Devonta Freeman will be coming back and Ito Smith showed some ability last season.
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