49ers roster: 5 veterans who may not make 53-man group in 2020

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No. 1: No room on the 49ers roster for Tevin Coleman

Trading Matt Breida cleared up some of the logjam at running back this offseason. But that move was largely negated by what looks to be the healthy return of fellow runner Jerick McKinnon, who is poised to return from a two-year injury absence.

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Tack on undrafted free-agent additions, Salvon Ahmed and JaMycal Hasty, and San Francisco’s running back room is as crowded as ever.

Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson and Tevin Coleman are also part of this crop, and Mostert isn’t going anywhere after his stellar 2019 campaign in which he led the 49ers with 772 rush yards. McKinnon seems safe, too. And while Wilson is squarely on the bubble, along with Ahmed and Hasty, there’s a decent chance Coleman finds himself off the 49ers roster, too.

Granted, the Niners could have cut Coleman prior to April 1 with zero in dead money. If they were to do so now, it would cost $2 million. Plus, Kyle Shanahan seems to have an affinity for Coleman, likely stemming from their time together with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Still, there could easily be a scenario in which Coleman winds up being the odd man out, especially if McKinnon’s return is exemplary and/or rookie runners like Ahmed and Hasty turn too many heads in camp.