49ers to sign RB Jerick McKinnon, per report


The comings and goings continue with the Minnesota Vikings, amidst reports a versatile running back is leaving for a bigger paycheck and more playing time.

San Francisco has agreed to terms with McKinnon on a 4-year $30M contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. I don't put in all the work in the offseason to come back and be in this role.

Looking at PFF rankings for running backs last season, McKinnon actually ranks as the eighth-highest graded back overall with a grade of 84.6.

Following Dalvin Cook's torn ACL during Week 4 of 2017, McKinnon joined Latavius Murray to create one of the best running back tandems in the league. Their immediate priority was to re-sign a select group of their own free agents, doing so with Garoppolo, Kilgore, offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, defensive end Cassius Marsh and running back Raheem Mostert. He should be taking his agent out to a very nice dinner once this deal is signed.

The 49ers had previously re-signed starting center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract last month but Kilgore also has experience at guard and could be asked to move. Which is a little interesting considering he never played his best as a starter in Minnesota. It looks as though the 49ers will give him that chance.

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

McKinnon was a player that Peter Schrager of NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" recently named as a player he'd like to see in San Francisco. However, the Vikings might ask him to take a pay cut and release him if he doesn't.