The 25-year-old running back will be signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The move augments the depth of a running back corps that currently includes players such as Matt Breida, Jerick McKinnon, and Raheem Mostert.
49ers signing Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Coleman rushed for a career-high 800 yards in 2018 as he became the Falcons’ go-to running back in the wake of Devonta Freeman‘s season-ending injury. His most eyebrow-raising effort came in Week 15 when he accumulated 145 rushing yards and a touchdown as Atlanta pasted the Arizona Cardinals, 40-14. Coleman also showcased exceptional pass-catching ability as he added five receiving touchdowns. Only Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones finished with more.
It was really the first time Coleman took the reins as an every game starter in Atlanta. Prior to the 2018 season, he had a combined six regular season starts under his belt over his first three years in the league. But he does have quite a bit of playoff experience, totaling a combined 339 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns (one rush, two receiving) in the postseason. It included an appearance in Super Bowl LI.
Over the course of his professional career, Coleman has continually demonstrated his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He hauled in 11 receiving touchdowns during his four seasons with the Falcons. That ties a Falcons franchise record for a running back with William Andrews.
The Falcons drafted Coleman in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Prior to that, Coleman enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Indiana. He capped it off by rushing for 2,036 yards in 2014 which broke an IU single-season record that had stood for 23 years. It resulted in him earning consensus All-American as well as first-team All-Big Ten honors. He also finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that year.
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