Jerick McKinnon headed to the Bay Area to join the 49ers

Gladys Abbott
March 15, 2018

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a four-year deal with free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon, according to multiple reports.

General manager John Lynch said McKinnon and Richburg were both high on the team's priority list in free agency and he was glad to be able to lock both of them up as soon as the new league year started. We'll have to see what Kyle Shanahan can do with him. His athleticism, intelligence and attitude are a ideal fit for our scheme. He set career highs previous year with 570 rushing yards, 421 receiving yards, and five touchdowns, but those numbers hardly warrant being sandwiched between McCoy and Leonard Fornette on the running back salary rankings. He began his career as a left guard before moving to center in 2015.

The signing also means San Francisco should be moving on from Carlos Hyde, the starter for the last three seasons when healthy. Early on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers will sign the 25-year-old RB - formerly of the Minnesota Vikings - to a four-year deal worth up to $30 million.

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The Jet will land in San Francisco. After scoring a touchdown on the ground against the Saints, he averaged 4.0 YPC and caught 11 passes for 86 yards against the Eagles, leading the team in both rushing and receiving yards. But now they appear to have their running back as well. The team could also bring in outside options in free agency or the National Football League draft next month.

After McKinnon, who's next for the Niners?

It is unclear at this point if McKinnon, a duel-threat as a runner and pass catcher, will act as a feature back, or split time with up-and-comer Matt Breida.

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