Coleman is lined up to be a part of the 49ers' backfield picture following the trade of Matt Breida to Miami during the 2020 NFL Draft, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Raheem Mostert is the clear front runner to begin the 2020 season as the 49ers' top rushing option following a dominant postseason run, but Breida's departure puts Coleman in a favorable position to be the 1B to Mostert's 1A in coach Kyle Shanahan's two-back system. The 27-year-old's role fluctuated in his first season in San Francisco, as he suffered an injury early on and then had to wrestle his starting role away from Breida following a midseason slump. Coleman finished with 544 rushing yards and six touchdowns, also chipping in 21 receptions for 180 yards and another score, which are modest fantasy numbers in a limited role. With the backfield picture looking a little more set heading into the 2020 campaign, the veteran back could see steady touches in the 10-12 range as he did down the stretch in 2019 when he shared starting duties with the explosive Mostert.
Coleman now has $2 million of his 2020 salary guaranteed, David Lombardi of The Athleticreports. The $2 million switched from an injury guarantee to a full guarantee Apr. 1, accounting for 44 percent of Coleman's $4.55 million base salary in the second season of a two-year, $8.5 million contract. This all but ensures he won't be released, though it wouldn't come as any surprise if the 49ers were to trade Coleman or Matt Breida before Week 1. Most reports this offseason have suggested Breida is more likely to be dealt, as he fell behind both Coleman and Raheem Mostert on the playoff depth chart.
Coleman took five carries for 28 yards and caught his lone target for a three-yard gain in a 31-20 loss to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Coleman rebounded from the shoulder dislocation that knocked him out of the NFC Championship Game to once again serve as the 49ers' No. 2 running back behind Raheem Mostert. The Niners also sprinkled in Jeff Wilson for a handful of snaps and one reception, while Matt Breida strictly played special teams. It'll be an interesting offseason for the San Francisco backfield, with Breida scheduled to be a restricted free agent and Coleman uncertain to see the second season of his two-year, $8.5 million contract. The 49ers can save up to $4.9 million in 2020 cap space if Coleman is released this offseason (pre overthecap.com), though his salary does contain a partial injury guarantee, which likely would apply if he has surgery on the shoulder.
Coleman (shoulder) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Coleman kicked off the week with back-to-back limited practice sessions, and having now successfully practiced without restrictions serves to shed any lingering doubts about his availability for Super Bowl LIV. Though Raheem Mostert is the favorite to lead San Francisco's backfield Sunday, Coleman will likely play a key role as the 49ers' No. 2 option. He carried the ball six times for 21 yards during the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay prior to suffering a dislocated shoulder in the second quarter.
Coleman (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Coleman previously was a limited participant Wednesday, taking a step forward after he was a non-participant last week. He seems to be gearing up for an appearance in the Super Bowl, but it won't come as any surprise if he's listed as 'questionable' on the final injury report Friday afternoon. Regardless, Raheem Mostert is the favorite to serve as San Francisco's lead runner in the big game.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3||09/27||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|6||10/19||Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|7||10/25||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|10||11/15||@New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|12||11/29||@Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||153||657||5||27||252||3||138|