By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
After the San Francisco 49ers found out that their free agent back Carlos Hyde is signing with the Cleveland Browns, the franchise struck a deal with another free agent back. The team intends to sign running back Jerick McKinnon.
Once the free agent window opens at 4 pm on Wednesday — which means the new league-year is starting — he can officially sign with his new team. He intends to sign a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers.
McKinnon comes to the Bay Area after playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
He will make $7.5 million per season. He’s getting paid to be the 49ers top running back.
He has had 14 career starts, but now will be the fourth-highest paid back in the league. Only Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, and LeSean McCoy will make more money than him this upcoming season.
With the Vikings, he was basically a backup. He had 474 carries for 1,918 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. McKinnon also had 142 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns.
During his stint in Minnesota, he initially played behind All-Pro back Adrian Peterson. Then, this past season when rookie Dalvin Cook tore his ACL, he had a larger role with the team.
After Cook went down with his injury, McKinnon had 158 carries for 618 yards and four rushing touchdowns since Week 5. He also had 57 receptions for 472 yards and two more touchdowns.
Since the 49ers are paying McKinnon, like a top back in the league, they must believe he’s going to be a perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan’s system.
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