The Atlanta Falcons will see one of their main offensive playmakers of the last few seasons head out to the West Coast.
Running back Tevin Coleman has reached an agreement to rejoin Kyle Shanahan with the San Francisco 49ers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
49ers signing Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Schefter elaborated on the move.
49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan coached RB Tevin Coleman in Atlanta, and has long admired and respected his work. Now Coleman, Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon give the 49ers the type of 1-2-3 punch many teams seek.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Shanahan knew exactly how to unleash Coleman’s best attributes on offenses during their tenure together. The former Indiana standout amassed 520 yards rushed on the ground for eight touchdowns and 421 yards in the air for three touchdowns in that historic 2016 offense.
He’ll combine with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida to give the Niners a formidable rotation of running backs, coupled with do-it-all fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Shanahan loves his versatile running backs, and knows exactly how to maximize the talent of his offensive athletes. Coleman will be right at home.
The money makes you wonder if Atlanta could’ve kept him around, but with the investments needed in the trenches and the limited cap space, it didn’t make a ton of sense.
Ito Smith showed more than enough to justify being the second fiddle to Devonta Freeman this season, and Brian Hill really got hot late in the season. The team could also add to the position in the draft or with a lower-tier free agent. They’re paying Freeman top dollar as it is, too.
Coleman was quite electric at his best, and just for a moment there, he paired with Free gave the Dirty Birds the best running back tandem in the league. It’s a shame those days are over, but the NFL is a constant cycle of change.
We’ll miss TeCo dearly, and wish him all the best with the 49ers.