RB McKinnon agrees to 4-year deal with 49ers

RB McKinnon agrees to 4-year deal with 49ers

The 49ers' starting running back from last season, Carlos Hyde, is reportedly signing with the Cleveland Browns, so McKinnon should have a shot at a larger role in San Francisco.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that free agent running back Jerick McKinnon has agreed to a four-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

After Dalvin Cook went down with a torn ACL in Week 4, McKinnon became part of one of the best running back tandems in the league alongside Latavius Murray.

McKinnon is a solid receiver out of the backfield and a adequate pass blocker as well, but he has never surpassed 160 carriers in a season, so the Niners are taking a gamble that he can handle the workload. But the 49ers' deal for four years, $30 million was not a price tag Big Blue could afford to offer.

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It's a little bittersweet that McKinnon will not be returning to the Vikings, as he was a favorite among fans and teammates.

McKinnon (25 years old, 5-9, 205), who played college football at Georgia Southern, was a third-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2014. He added 142 catches for 984 yards and five scores. McKinnon doesn't figure to see enough work nor has he been efficient enough over his career - he averages just 3.6 yards per carry over the last two seasons - to be in the RB1 conversation.

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (21) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Corey Graham (24) during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Previous year as a Viking, McKinnon turned 201 touches into 991 total yards and 5 scores. Schrager was the first person to report on Wednesday morning that McKinnon meant to sign with the 49ers. His best fantasy finish came this past season when he ranked 24th among running backs in PPR scoring.

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