Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart (32) rushes the ball during pre game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: San Francisco 49ers tried to sign Toby Gerhart

The San Francisco 49ers always seem to have an embarrassment of riches at running back, and that streak of adding talent in the backfield nearly continued this offseason with the signing of now Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart.

After leaving the Minnesota Vikings, Gerhart eventually signed with the Jaguars, where he’ll likely assume the starting running back duties, but his free agent journey also took him to San Francisco where he reunited with former head coach Jim Harbaugh.

 

Gerhart almost won the Heisman Trophy thanks to Harbaugh’s teachings while the two were together at Stanford, but their college days weren’t enough to convince Gerhart to come to the Niners.

The most likely reason is that he’ll be the starter with the Jaguars while Frank Gore, Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James are all vying for playing time and Gerhart would have been a fourth wheel.

It’s possible that the Niners would e jettisoned James in a trade had Gerhart signed, but he ultimately made their decision easy by signing with Jacksonville.

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