Coleman had a career-high 800 yards on 167 carries and nine total touchdowns last season for the Atlanta Falcons. He also had 276 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the air. Coleman, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft, had just finished the fourth and final year on his initial rookie deal.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan coached Coleman for two seasons in Atlanta, too, while serving as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator from 2015-2016. The 25-year-old will join Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon — who is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered before the start of last season — in the backfield in San Francisco.