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Tevin Coleman, 49ers reportedly agree to surprisingly affordable contract

Why weren’t the Eagles in on this?

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Well, everyone’s favorite free agent running back target for the Eagles won’t be signing with Philadelphia. NFL insider Adam Schefter reports Tevin Coleman is signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s surprising that the 49ers were able to get him at such a reasonable rate. It’s also surprising that the Eagles weren’t able to beat that offer.

As we know, the Eagles haven’t really valued the running back position in recent years. They’ve taken that devaluation a little too far, though, as evidenced by Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood ending up as their top two leading rushers in 2018.

Now that Coleman, Le’Veon Bell, and Mark Ingram are all off the board, the Eagles’ backfield options are quickly shrinking. There ARE still some options out there for them. Duke Johnson would be a nice pickup via trade. Jordan Howard also might get dealt. There’s some untapped potential when it comes to Spencer Ware. Jay Ajayi could always re-sign with Philly for cheap.

Signing Coleman would’ve been a real nice addition for the Eagles. Unfortunately, he’s off the board. Now Philly will need to find a different way to address one of their biggest needs.

Perhaps they passed on Coleman because they have something else in the works?