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49ers' three running backs finally match famed 'Million Dollar Backfield'

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49ers' three running backs finally match famed 'Million Dollar Backfield'

Not since the days of the famed “Million Dollar Backfield” more than five decades ago has the 49ers enjoyed this combination of talent and balance in their offensive backfield.

San Francicsco running backs Raheem Mostert (662), Matt Breida (607) and Tevin Coleman (500) have each rushed for more than 500 yards through 14 games this season.

It is only the second time in 49ers history three players each have registered at least 500 yards rushing in a single season.

In 1954, three of the four members of the “Million Dollar Backfield” achieved the 500-yard mark. Each is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Joe Perry (1,049), John Henry Johnson (681) and Hugh McElhenny (515).

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Quarterback Y.A. Tittle, also a Hall of Famer, was the other member of the backfield.

For the record, Coleman, Mostert and Breida will make a combined $6.8 million this season in salary and bonuses.

Check out the 49ers' fresh official 2020 NFL Draft hats from New Era

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Check out the 49ers' fresh official 2020 NFL Draft hats from New Era

The NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place from April 23, through April 25, but it will look a bit different than what we’re used to.

Las Vegas will still host the draft, but without the usual pomp and circumstance events leading up to, and around it, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While we don’t know how it’ll ultimately look as we have nothing previous to compare it to, we do know the hats the draftees will sport after their name is called.

New Era dropped the Official NFL Draft Hats with each cap sporting the logo on all black with their taglines stitched on the sides. 

Here are what the 49ers hats look like:

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New Era also offers alternates with bigger logos.

At least one thing will remain familiar despite a lot of changes.

Emmanuel Sanders was down to 49ers, Saints, Packers in NFL free agency

Emmanuel Sanders was down to 49ers, Saints, Packers in NFL free agency

Emmanuel Sanders is a man of his word. He said he would prioritize an opportunity to contend for a Super Bowl when deciding which team he was going to sign with in free agency, and given the finalists for his services, that's precisely what he did.

Sanders joined "The Rich Eisen Show" on Monday and explained that his decision ultimately came down to the NFC's top three seeds from last season.

"I was talking to Green Bay, I was talking to the Niners and just trying to figure out what type of deal, what type of money are we talking about," Sanders explained. "And then the Saints called, and I was ecstatic about them calling. The opportunity to play with Drew Brees and everything. The numbers made sense -- Drew has two more years left on his deal, and I signed a two-year deal."

As you might recall, the 49ers and Packers earned the Nos. 1 and 2 overall seeds in the NFC last season -- and a first-round bye -- while the Saints finished as the No. 3 seed. New Orleans' season ended in the wild-card round, whereas San Francisco defeated Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LIV.

While the 49ers and Saints didn't face each other in the playoffs, they did combine for a thrilling regular-season shootout in Week 14 -- a 48-46 San Francisco road win in which Sanders played a huge role, catching seven passes for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown. The next time he returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it won't be as a visiting player.

"I'm just excited to be a New Orleans Saint," Sanders continued. "I looked at the schedule -- we've got 11 or 12 games inside in a dome. Michael Thomas being my counterpart, Drew Brees throwing the ball, Sean Payton calling the plays -- a wide-open spread offense just like I was with Peyton [Manning] in 2014 -- it just set a new fire under me."

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Though Sanders didn't elaborate on those indoor games, he was correct in that the Saints will play 11 regular-season games in a dome next season. In addition to road games against the Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders and Detroit Lions, they of course have their eight home games -- one of which might be circled as soon as the official schedule is released.

That one?

Against the 49ers.