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DuJuan Harris returning to 49ers on one-year deal

The 49ers return a running back to compete for work behind Carlos Hyde.

The San Francisco 49ers saw running back Shaun Draughn depart in free agency, but they will be bringing back DuJuan Harris. Matt Barrows reported on Monday that Harris has signed a one-year contract with the team. His agent confirmed the news, and Harris offered this up on Twitter.

Harris joined the 49ers in 2015 after Shaun Draughn was lost to injury (after Draughn himself replaced Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush). While Draughn was serviceable, averaging 3.5 yards per carry in six games, Harris averaged 5.2 yards per carry in two games. It was a small sample size, but he seemed to offer a bit more in the run game.

Carlos Hyde remains the 49ers lead back, and Harris will compete with Mike Davis for backup work. There is a good chance the 49ers add a running back in the draft to complement Hyde, but Harris has a solid opportunity as the offseason workout program approaches.