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RB McKinnon agrees to 4-year deal with 49ers

15 March 2018, 12:21 | Charlene Valdez

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

Jerick Mc Kinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium

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. His athleticism, intelligence and attitude are a flawless fit for our scheme.

"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", Lynch said. "We can't wait to get them on the field with their teammates and coaches later this spring". Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday that the deal is for four years at a potential value of $36.9 million, which makes McKinnon the second-highest paid running back (behind Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers) in terms of average salary per season ($9.225 million). Last season, while splitting carries with Latavius Murray, McKinnon finished with a career-high 570 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while adding 51 receptions for 421 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

McKinnon figures to be the top option to start, barring a move in the 2018 NFL Draft, and can be a risky cog in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. Richburg started at left guard his rookie year with the New York Giants in 2014 before switching to center, and he missed the remaining 12 games last season after sustaining a concussion. He played there the past three seasons and is considered one of the top pass-blocking players at the position and has the athleticism to thrive in Shanahan's zone-running scheme.

The San Francisco 49ers aren't done building yet.

But as is often the case in the National Football League, once the details rolled in, the deal doesn't seem almost as outrageous as initial reports seemed to indicate.

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