With the uncertainty surrounding Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida’s availability in the coming weeks, the 49ers have officially signed veteran free agent running back Alfred Morris to a one-year deal. In a corresponding move, the team have waived offensive lineman Alan Knott.
While he is being added to the team due to recent injuries, Morris has a chance at making the roster given his familiarity with head coach Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. The former sixth round pick played for the Washington Redskins with Shanahan as offensive coordinator for two very productive years (2012 & 2013) totaling 2,888 total rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
The underrated downfield runner spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, running for 547 yards on 115 carries (4.8 ypc) in 2017, largely in relief of Ezekiel Elliott while the Cowboys’ superstar runner was suspended. He will have to quickly make up for lost time this offseason in order to compete with Joe Williams, Jeremy McNichols and Raheem Mostert for a roster spot, but he does have significant experience under Shanahan, albeit several years ago. The 49ers expect Morris to join the team in Houston for the upcoming joint practices with the Texans.
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Making it official – the #49ers have signed RB Alfred Morris to a one-year deal.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 14, 2018
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 13, 2018