He left the team Friday after not showing up for practice on Thursday, saying to them that he no longer wants to play football.
“I appreciate his honesty and I appreciate him not coming out here and going through the motions,” coach Mike Singletary said. “He said his heart isn’t in it. It’s his decision. He is a man, and the last thing that I’m going to do is disrespect him and try to drag something out.”
Nevertheless it has to be a surprise, as Coffee, who was second on the team in rushing as a rookie, was having a decent enough camp to for sure make the roster and be in the mix as Frank Gore’s backup at the RB spot.
“We just respond to this and move forward,” Singletary said. “We’re dealing with this in stride and continuing to have our best practice. The thing that we’re trying to do as the 49ers is that we’re trying to find 53 men that love the game of football.”
Coffee said in a statement released by the team, “I feel it is best for me that I move on from football.” The teams third-round draft pick in 2009 had 226 yards, but he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and scored one touchdown.
Coffee was in competition this summer with rookie sixth-round draft pick Anthony Dixon to be Gore’s backup.