49ers landing ex-Vikings RB McKinnon

49ers landing ex-Vikings RB McKinnon

Free agency opened Wednesday with 49ers general manager John Lynch extolling the virtues of their newest offensive players, running back Jerick McKinnon and offensive lineman Weston Richburg.

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

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.

As the tweet mentions, the deal is a four-year, $30 million agreement.

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

McKinnon replaces Carlos Hyde, who is leaving as a free agent for Cleveland. He has rushed for 1,918 yards with an average of 4.0 yards per carry, has 142 catches for 984 yards, and has scored 12 touchdowns. Still, he averaged 3.4 yards per carry.


In 2017, McKinnon shared the Vikings' backfield with fellow running back Latavius Murray, after rookie running back Dalvin Cook was lost for the year after sustaining an early-season ACL injury.

"Jet is going to get a lot of interest in the free agency market because he can play both running back, third down, and do a little stuff at wide receiver and special teams", Schrager said.

McKinnon had his most productive season a year ago, when he ran for a career-high 570 yards while setting personal bests with 51 catches for 421 yards.

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.

Last season, Richburg started each of the team's first four games at center prior to being placed on the Injured Reserve List on November 4, 2017.

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