49ers Trade Matt Breida To Dolphins

The 49ers are shaking up their backfield and sending a member of their surplus to south Florida, dealing Matt Breida to the Dolphins for the No. 153 overall pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

Miami did not previously address its backfield need but made multiple overtures to teams dangling veterans. The Dolphins discussed a Leonard Fournette deal with the Jaguars, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com notes (on Twitter). Those talks occurred in March, however, and did not appear to lead to a serious change Fournette would change Florida cities.

With Jerick McKinnon still in the picture for the 49ers and three other backs in that mix as well, the defending NFC champions were a candidate to make a deal. Breida is entering a contract year and was mentioned as a possible trade chip earlier this offseason. While he was the odd man out for carries in Super Bowl LIV, Breida has displayed intriguing skills during his three-year 49ers run and looks to have a much clearer path to carries in Miami than he did in San Francisco.

The speedy ex-UDFA surpassed 600 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons, filling in for McKinnon in 2018 and being part of a productive timeshare with Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert last season. Breida eclipsed 5.0 yards per carry in each of the past two years. The 49ers still have Coleman, Mostert, McKinnon and Jeff Wilson under contract. They turned to Mostert, a career special-teamer, last season and appear prepared to give him more work.

Miami traded Kenyan Drake to Arizona before last year’s trade deadline and cut Mark Walton after yet another arrest. Breida will join free agent addition Jordan Howard in the Dolphins’ new-look backfield.

Fournette remains in Jacksonville, though his place there is certainly less certain than it was exiting last season. The Jags have engaged in Fournette trade talks for over a month but have not found trade talks to be particularly enticing. Fournette has one season left on his contract, but the Jaguars have another week and change to decide on his fifth-year option.

With their No. 153 pick, the 49ers took West Virginia offensive lineman Colton McKivitz.

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12 comments on “49ers Trade Matt Breida To Dolphins

  1. hOsEbEeLiOn

    Good pickup for the dolphins. Very talented backfield in Howard and Breida.

    Added Hunt, Jackson, Kinsley to boost an oline.

    Dolphins have done very well in this draft.

    • jdawgz17

      I don’t know about very talented backfield. Howard is a plodder and Breida is always hurt.

  2. bumpy93

    that’s a nice pick up for Miami for only 153. Miami is really having a good draft, plus 2 more 1st Rd picks next year it seems Flores(sp?) knows what he’s doing Maybe Howie could learn how to draft good instead of every single yr overreaching on players or not taking players to help your team

  3. jeremy

    with the depth the 49ers have not shock 49ers traded someone . still have 4 soild backs . miami got a good young back when healthy

    • claude raymond

      I’m not a fins fan but they’re setting themselves up to be champ contenders soon.
      Next year, 2 firsts and 2 seconds. Plus 5 more picks. Or mix some trades in with those picks

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