Another year of free agency, another dual-threat running back for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.
Tevin Coleman, who played in Shanahan’s offense with the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-16, is coming aboard to either complement or cover for Jerick McKinnon, the 49ers’ pricey free agent last year who’s recovering from knee reconstruction.
Coleman signed a two-year, $10 million deal as the NFL’s new year began at 1 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN first reported.
While that addition fills the need of an experienced and dual-threat running back, the 49ers previously struck deals during free agency’s negotiating windows to address their dull defense, trading for Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Dee Ford and taking a gamble on linebacker Kwon Alexander’s return from his own ACL reconstruction.
When Coleman broke into the NFL, Shanahan served as the Falcons offensive coordinator, and Coleman blossomed during their 2017 season’s run to the Super Bowl. Coleman (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) has averaged 4.4 yards per carry and run for 18 touchdowns, but he’s also a receiving weapon, totaling 11 touchdown catches and averaging 31 receptions each of the last three season.