The San Francisco 49ers made quite the early splash in free agency, signing 11 free agents on Thursday and Friday. They signed seven players on offense, one player on defense, a kicker, two defensive players that are primarily special teamers.
One position they did not address yet is running back. Well, sort of. The team signed fullback Kyle Juszczyk, and by all accounts he will be playing all over the field. He will get work as a running back, but odds are pretty good it will be primarily as a pass catcher, rather than a runner.
In Atlanta, Kyle Shanahan had Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman splitting the workload. As the 49ers rebuild their offense, adding a running back to complement Carlos Hyde seems inevitable, but will it be in free agency, or the draft?
The running back market has a lot of big names, but it has not been nearly as busy as the wide receiver and tight end markets. The current running backs available include Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy, LeGarrette Blount, Rex Burkhead, Tim Hightower, DeAngelo Williams, and Andre Ellington.
There have been no reports of meetings with running backs thus far. At this point, how will the team approach the position to find more depth beyond Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert?