49ers trade Jeff Wilson Jr. to Dolphins for 2023 fifth-round pick

49ers trade Wilson Jr. to Dolphins for 2023 fifth-round pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The 49ers on Tuesday traded running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to the Miami Dolphins for a 2023 fifth-round pick, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

The 49ers later confirmed the trade.

It was reported Friday that San Francisco was willing to listen to offers on Wilson after the team acquired All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers.

The trade came just an hour before Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT NFL trade deadline, despite 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan stating Monday that he would be "surprised" if San Francisco made any more deals.

“I think we’re pretty set,” Shanahan told reporters during a conference call the day before the deadline. “But we’d listen to a call on anybody.

“We’re never not going to listen to people, but I’d be surprised if anything goes down, but until the deadline, we’re always listening.”

That willingness to barter with the Dolphins helped the 49ers recoup a future draft pick after sending four to Carolina for McCaffrey. The team also expects running back Elijah Mitchell to return from injury in the season's second half and join McCaffrey in the backfield.

Through eight games with the 49ers this season, Wilson rushed for 468 yards on 92 carries. That was good enough for the 26-year-old to rank 15th among all NFL running backs in yards rushing for 2022.

Wilson first signed with the 49ers in 2018 as an undrafted free agent and spent time that year between the team's practice squad and active roster.

After Tevin Coleman was injured in the 2019 season opener, Wilson was promoted to the 49ers' active roster again and contributed 105 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 27 carries in 10 games.

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Wilson caught a 20-yard reception in San Francisco's Super Bowl LIV loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that year and tallied 1,733 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns during his time in San Francisco.

Tuesday's trade reunites Wilson with his old teammate Raheem Mostert and former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel in Miami after five seasons with the 49ers.

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