Jerick McKinnon to Sign 4-Year, $30 Million Deal with 49ers

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"Jerick has proven to be an extremely versatile football player whose speed, elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability make him a very hard matchup for defenses", Lynch said.

Looking at PFF rankings for running backs last season, McKinnon actually ranks as the eighth-highest graded back overall with a grade of 84.6.

Adam Schefter reported that McKinnon's four-year deal will be worth an average of $7.5 million per year, calling it "one of the most surprising deals of free agency".

After missing out on free-agent running back Dion Lewis, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to sign another dual-threat running back, Jerick McKinnon. "I will forever be thankful for that and [Minnesota] will always hold a special place in my heart".

After McKinnon, who's next for the Niners? He also caught 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns.

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With Dalvin Cook returning from a torn ACL for Minnesota in 2018, McKinnon knew that his touches would likely go down if he were to re-sign with the Vikings this year. He rushed for 570 yards on 150 carries (3.8 yards per carry) with three touchdowns last season. Despite playing second fiddle to Peterson, McKinnon registered 444 yards from scrimmage while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. But now they appear to have their running back as well.

McKinnon, 25, has been a versatile third-dwon back for the Minnesota Vikings since they took him in the third round of the 2014 draft. McKinnon finished the season with 991 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns.

McKinnon was a player that Peter Schrager of NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" recently named as a player he'd like to see in San Francisco.

However, deals brokered by 49ers chief negotiator Paraag Marathe - notorious for his team-friendly contracts - are never as simple as early reports indicate.