McKinnon, 49ers Agree to 4-Year Deal


It came as a bit of a shock when on Wednesday morning, reports came in that the San Francisco 49ers had signed running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year deal worth $36.9 million.

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

"I want to thank the Vikings organization and coaches for making my dreams come true of being drafted, and giving me the start my career in the great state of [Minnesota]", McKinnon told fans via Twitter on Wednesday.

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. Over parts of four seasons with Minnesota, he would rack up 142 receptions for 984 yards.

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McKinnon never established himself as a starter with the Vikings, but when Dalvin Cook tore his ACL previous year, he performed well as part of a two-headed attack with Latavius Murray. In four seasons with Minnesota, McKinnon has rushed for 1,918 yards with seven touchdowns and a career average of 4.0 yards per carry.

Soon-to-be free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon took questions as the Vikings cleaned out their lockers on the following day and talked about some of his goals for the near future. He also caught 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns.

After missing out on the top dual-threat running back free agency had to offer, the San Francisco 49ers were successful in signing the next-best free agent on the market. Only two running backs in the league, Freeman and McCoy, have larger overall contracts.

Only running back Carlos Hyde and guard Brandon Fusco have found news team, that being the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, respectively, ESPN first reported.