San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch spoke to the media while at the combine and mentioned that the organization would be talking to the representatives of Carlos Hyde in the coming week and also mentioned that they were in talks during the season as well. Hyde’s representation are in attendance at the Combine and Lynch described it as a “good opportunity.”
While Hyde’s future is uncertain, the 49ers are exploring all of their options by meeting with several of the top running backs while in Indianapolis. Each team is allowed to meet with 60 players for no longer than 15 minutes each. Lynch did reveal that they spoke to Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Oregon’s Royce Freeman and USC’s Ronald Jones II among others.
Freeman did confirm his meeting with the 49ers saying, “It was great. It was good energy in the room and overall good vibes when I had that meeting.”
Jones also spoke about his meeting with the 49ers, “It went well. I enjoyed the time. I talked the GM John Lynch. They put on some tape and got good feedback from them.”
While the value of taking a running back in the early rounds is debatable, the 49ers know what they have in Matt Breida who was an undrafted free agent. Joe Williams is also on the roster but has yet to “put it all together” as Lynch remarked.