McKinnon, 49ers Agree to 4-Year Deal

NFL free agents: Pat Shurmur product Jerick McKinnon gets big contract from 49ers, not Giants

NFL free agents: Pat Shurmur product Jerick McKinnon gets big contract from 49ers, not Giants

McKinnon never topped 600 rushing yards in any of his first four National Football League seasons with the Vikings.

Jerick McKinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during the game on January 1, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"I want to be the guy". "I don't put in all the work in the offseason to come back and be in this role. It worked out well, but I want bigger and better things for myself".

McKinnon, who has 14 career starts, spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings playing behind Adrian Peterson - and then Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. Can't blame him one bit for wanting to be in a place where he can play his absolute best.

According to reports from ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to sign running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year deal, shoring up the Niners' offensive backfield after the exit of RB Carlos Hyde.

Adam Schefter reported that McKinnon's four-year deal will be worth an average of $7.5 million per year, calling it "one of the most surprising deals of free agency". He should be taking his agent out to a very nice dinner once this deal is signed.

The signing also means San Francisco should be moving on from Carlos Hyde, the starter for the last three seasons when healthy. Which is a little interesting considering he never played his best as a starter in Minnesota. The 49ers are understandably trying to surround him with more talent. He'll likely split time with either Matt Breida or a new rookie back in San Francisco.

McKinnon thanked the Vikings' organization and his former teammates in a series of tweets Wednesday.

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