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49ers landing ex-Vikings RB McKinnon

Jan 21 2018 Philadelphia PA USA Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick Mc Kinnon runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Corey Graham during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandator NFL free agents: Pat Shurmur product Jerick McKinnon gets big contract from 49ers, not Giants
Lucia Summers | 15 March, 2018, 00:23

Jerick has proven to be an extremely versatile football player whose speed, elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability make him a very hard matchup for defenses.

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.

McKinnon spent four years in Minnesota, mostly as a backup, after being drafted in the third round in 2014 out of Georgia Southern.

Jerick McKinnon is a decent running back, but the San Francisco 49ers are about to pay the former Minnesota Vikings player like an elite superstar.

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McKinnon thanked the Vikings' organization and his former teammates in a series of tweets Wednesday. He has registered 1,918 yards on 474 carries with seven touchdowns in his four National Football League seasons.

McKinnon replaces Carlos Hyde, who is leaving as a free agent for Cleveland. 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. Splitting carries with Asiata, McKinnon rushed for 539 rushing yards with two touchdowns.

McKinnon, 25, hit free agency looking for a much bigger role than the one he shared as part of the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. He also added 94 receptions for 676 yards with four touchdown catches since 2016.

In four years with the Vikings, McKinnon ran the ball 474 times for 1,918 yards (4.0 avg) and seven touchdowns. His best fantasy finish came this past season when he ranked 24th among running backs in PPR scoring. Schrager was the first person to report on Wednesday morning that McKinnon meant to sign with the 49ers.

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