The San Francisco 49ers are bringing back some of their running back depth. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the team has agreed to terms on a one-year extension with running back Shaun Draughn.
Offseason reports stated Draughn was an unrestricted free agent, but he only had three accrued seasons following the 2015 season. This made him a restricted free agent. He has been in the league since 2012, but he only accrued seasons towards free agency in 2012, 2014, and 2015. The 49ers had until March 9 to submit a qualifying offer. RFAs generally do not get a lot of interest in free agency, so it made sense Draughn would work out a one-year deal to return and try and build on his 2015 season.
The 49ers signed Draughn in November as it was getting low on running backs. Draughn made six starts in his time with the 49ers, rushing for 263 yards and averaging 3.5 yards per carry. It wasn't spectacular, but for a midseason pickup, the 49ers could not have asked for much more. He eventually suffered a knee injury that cost him the last two weeks.
All indications are that he should be good to go for the workout program, which starts April 4. He will compete with Carlos Hyde, Mike Davis, DuJuan Harris, Jarryd Hayne, and Kendall Gaskins for opportunities. And that does not count any potential free agency additions at the position.