Agent RB Jerick McKinnon to leave Vikings for 49ers

McKinnon Heads West

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

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (21) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Corey Graham (24) during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. I appreciate the role. The 25 year-old posted career-highs in rushing yards (570), total touchdowns (5), receiving yards (421), and catches (51).

As for McKinnon, he's not a running back that will dazzle.

Jerick McKinnon? That's where we're at after the 49ers agreed to sign the running back to a four-year, $30 million contract Wednesday, according to ESPN.

The San Franciso 49ers looked prepared to replace Carlos Hyde in free agency with one of the better options on the market. So that gives McKinnon, whose career-best single-season output is 570 yards, the fourth-highest average salary of all National Football League running backs, per Spotrac. Which is a little interesting considering he never played his best as a starter in Minnesota. After leaving Minnesota this offseason, McKinnon is heading west to San Francisco where he could break through to the next level of his career.

It's a little bittersweet that McKinnon will not be returning to the Vikings, as he was a favorite among fans and teammates. 49ers land the back they wanted.

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