After four seasons with the Giants, Wayne Gallman is exploring his options in free agency. The 49ers are interested in the former fourth-round pick.
The 49ers are hosting Gallman on a visit, according to ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). Gallman served as Saquon Barkley‘s backup for three seasons and saw extended time last year after the Pro Bowler’s Week 2 ACL tear.
This news comes after the 49ers’ unsuccessful pursuit of Giovani Bernard, who chose the Buccaneers over the 49ers and Seahawks. The 49ers return Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, who are each attached to low-cost contracts, but appear to be searching for more backfield help. Tevin Coleman signed with the Jets, and former big-ticket signing Jerick McKinnon remains a free agent.
Gallman, 26, established new career-high marks in rushing yards (682) and yards per carry (4.6) last season. The Clemson product also added a career-best six rushing touchdowns in 2020, playing the lead role for a Giants team that signed Devonta Freeman and promoted Alfred Morris in the wake of Barkley’s injury.
The Giants moved in a different direction for their RB2 gig, signing Devontae Booker to a $3MM-per-year deal early in free agency. Big Blue’s previous regime drafted Gallman, who seems set to leave New York.
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