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.
Harris rushed two times for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the Bears. Harris has now received two carries in each of his last two games, further proving that the speedy back has become an afterthought in Chip Kelly's offense. After his brief stint of action in place of the injured Carlos Hyde in Weeks 10 and 11, there was a possibility that he could remain in the mix for touches once the Hyde returned to action, but that has not been the case. Shaun Draughn out-touched Harris 5-2 and also received two targets in the passing game to the latter's none Sunday. He would need an injury to either Hyde or Draughn to put himself back on the fantasy radar.
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