3 players 49ers should explore trading before Week 1

Ahkello Witherspoon #23 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tevin Coleman, 49ers
Tevin Coleman #26 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

No. 1: 49ers Running Back Tevin Coleman

The last player on this list is here for some provocative reasons, so bear with us.

Running back Tevin Coleman is a favorite of Kyle Shanahan. This, because Coleman started 11 regular-season games for San Francisco last season despite being the No. 2 overall rusher behind fellow tailback Raheem Mostert.

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Mostert, interestingly enough, wants to be paid like Coleman after putting up 772 rush yards and 10 net touchdowns to the latter’s 544 and seven, respectively.

Coleman is scheduled to earn $4.868 million in 2020, a contract year, but the 49ers would be able to clear all of that money if he was traded between now and the start of the season. For a Niners team needing to save some cap space to roll over into a would-be extension for tight end George Kittle, the near-$5 million would sure help a lot.

San Francisco’s running back room is already crowded with Coleman, Mostert and Jerick McKinnon all vying for roles and carries. This doesn’t include depth players like Jeff Wilson Jr. and rookies Salvon Ahmed and JaMycal Hasty.

As is the case with Ahkello Witherspoon, teams aren’t typically interested in trading for one-year rentals. And in Coleman’s case, he’s a bit pricier than other possibilities.

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But the point here would be for the 49ers to clear some cap room in exchange for something, anything in return. Then, the team can use that money for a much-needed Kittle extension.

That’s why Coleman is here on the list.