Harris will re-sign with the 49ers for the 2017 season, his agent, Andy Simms, reports. Harris was one of the Niners' restricted free agents entering the offseason, but the team decided against extending him a contract tender, which effectively released him to the open market. However, coming off a season in which he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry, the diminutive running back likely didn't find many suitors rushing to secure his services for the upcoming campaign. Fortunately for Harris, he's now set to return to a San Francisco roster that is less crowded at the running back position than it was last season, considering the incumbent No. 2 runner, Shaun Draughn, recently latched on with the Giants. Thus, Harris is positioned to compete with only Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert for the backup role to starter Carlos Hyde this summer, although a rookie could certainly join the mix via the draft.
Harris will not receive a tender offer from the 49ers, which will allow him to hit the open market when free agency begins Thursday, Matt Barrows on The Sacramento Bee reports. Harris first signed with San Francisco back in December of 2015, and although he's played 12 games for the team since then, he's also been released a couple times along the way. In total, Harris has gained 278 yards on 65 carries for the 49ers and also boasts 17 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown. While that production wasn't enough for the team to extend a tender offer his way, fellow running back Shaun Draughn's status as an unrestricted free agent leaves another opening behind Carlos Hyde on the Niners' current depth chart.
Harris carried the ball four times for a negative yard and also lost a fumble in Sunday's season finale against the Seahawks. Harris finishes his 2016 campaign with 253 all-purpose yards and one touchdown while serving as a backup for the 49ers. The soon-to-be free agent's size and running style isn't suited to take on anything other than a change-of-pace role, so there is a decent chance the team brings him back to serve in a similar role behind Carlos Hyde next season.
Harris didn't receive a carry, but caught his lone target for 14 yards in Saturday's win over the Rams. Harris got into the game late in the fourth quarter after Carlos Hyde went down with what we now know is a torn MCL. While Shaun Draughn (who had 16 touches Saturday) is the likely candidate to start next week, Harris has done well in that role as early as last season, so he can't be ruled out as an option to start either. Whoever starts next week will have a tough matchup with Seattle's defense to deal with.
Harris did not receive a carry or a target in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Harris has been phased out of the offense completely and holds no fantasy value. The only way he resurfaces is if either Carlos Hyde or Shaun Draughn go down with injuries.
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