This Falcons-49ers Trade for Matt Breida Could Work

Max Staley
Matt Breida could be a great fit with the Atlanta Falcons.
Matt Breida could be a great fit with the Atlanta Falcons. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan helped lead the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance in 2016 before leaving to join the Niners. He could be in contact with his former employer in the near future, though, because there's a potential deal that could be a win-win for both sides.

Playing in an overly loaded SF backfield, Matt Breida could be on the move this offseason, and the Falcons would be wise to call about his availability.

Atlanta definitely could use an upgrade at the position. The team released Devonta Freeman this offseason, and they quickly replaced him by signing Todd Gurley. Gurley has some serious injury concerns and is on a one-year contract, though, and other than Freeman, none of the Falcons RBs racked up more than 323 rushing yards in 2019. Breida would be an excellent complement to Gurley in Atlanta.

He's racked up more than 600 rushing yards while averaging at least 5.1 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons. Despite that production, though, Breida fell behind on the 49ers' depth, losing work to Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert down the stretch.

Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. are also solid options on the roster, and that could make Breida expendable this offseason. The 49ers placed a second-round tender on him, making him a restricted free agent, but they'd likely be willing to settle for less, as they don't have a single pick between Rounds 2-4.

Atlanta doesn't have much draft capital to work with, but the Falcons do have two fourth-round picks. If their willing to part with one, this deal could end up being a win-win for both sides.

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