The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers continued to be active on the trade front on the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Mere hours after acquiring seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams to replace the retired Joe Staley, San Francisco pulled off another trade involving a veteran player.
General manager John Lynch and Co. moved stud young running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick (153rd overall). With that selection, San Francisco added offensive lineman Colton McKivitz from West Virginia.
Moving the 25-year-old Breida makes sense. I have focused on this possibility a ton in recent weeks. San Francisco simply has too many running backs on its roster. And while, the team placing a second-round tender on the restricted free agent seemed to indicate it wanted him long-term, it was more about finding value in a trade. For a front office that has played everything close to the vest when it comes to the media, a Breida trade seemed to be rather obvious to the masses.
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Breida is one dynamic player. The former undrafted free agent is averaging north of 800 total yards at a clip of 5.5 yards per touch throughout his NFL career. While he did fall out of favor late last season due to fumble issues, the Dolphins are getting themselves a dynamic young back.
For San Francisco, this trade was three-fold. The team needed to add more draft picks on Day 3 after moving multiple selections in both a trade up for wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk in the first round and the blockbuster Trent Williams deal earlier on Saturday.
Secondly, Breida’s restricted free-agent tender was set to see him earn $3.3 million next season. San Francisco has a lot committed in finances to its backfield. With this move, the team will rely on a combination of Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick Mckinnon and Jeff Wilson to hold down the fort.
The 49ers were also able to add a player at a need position in the selection they acquired for Breida.
McKivitz (6-foot-6, 306 pounds) was an Associated Press Third-Team All-American last season and earned Second-Team All Big-12 honors. He’s an absolute mauler who translates better to the right side of the line, but could potentially play the role of swing tackle behind Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey.
If the West Virginia product were able to add some more bulk, he could potentially play inside moving forward. It gives the 49ers some more flexibility a long the offensive line.
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