The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to sign former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, multiple outlets reported Wednesday. Coleman, who turns 26 next month, was widely considered the second-best running back on the free agent market after Le'Veon Bell, who is reportedly joining the New York Jets for more than $13 million annually.
Coleman had 167 carries for 800 yards and four rushing touchdowns while starting 14 of 16 games last season, with nominal starter Devonta Freeman injured. He averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry, while adding 32 catches for 276 yards and five scores. A third-round pick in 2015, Coleman played for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during his first two seasons in Atlanta, where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. During the Falcons' record-setting campaign in 2016, Coleman had 118 carries for 520 yards and eight touchdowns along with 31 catches for a career-high 421 receiving yards and three scores.
San Francisco signed Jerick McKinnon to a hefty contract -- four years, $30 million -- last March, but he missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL. While McKinnon has already been paid $12 million, he has no guarantees remaining on his contract, though it's unclear if the 49ers intend to move on.
(With inputs from agencies.)