$11.7 million guaranteed at signing for Jerick McKinnon

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The numbers are in for Jerick McKinnon‘s four-year $30 million deal. And it’s a solid deal that will pay him plenty to become a key piece of the 49ers offense.

The breakdown appears below.

1. Signing bonus: $2 million.

2. 2018 base salary (fully guaranteed): $4.2 million.

3. 2018 roster bonus (fully guaranteed, due fifth day of league year): $5.5 million.

4. 2019 base salary (guaranteed for injury at signing; fully guaranteed on 4/1/19): $3.7 million.

5. 2020 base salary ($2.6 million guaranteed for injury at signing; fully guaranteed on 4/1/20): $6.5 million.

6. 2021 base salary: $6.9 million.

McKinnon also has workout bonuses of $50,000 each year, per-game roster bonuses totaling $250,000 per year. The 2021 season will be a team option to be exercise prior to the end of the 2020 league year.

At a minimum, it’s a one-year, $12 million deal — not a bad amount to make if the 49ers would decide to part ways with McKinnon before April 1, 2019. They likely won’t; the 2019 cash is merely $4 million, making it a $16 million deal over two years.

The 49ers then have to decide whether to invest another $4.8 million for 2020 and $7.2 million for 2021.

Regardless, it’s a solid contract for a career backup who has never rushed for more than 570 yards in any NFL season. He aspires to be “the guy,” and he’ll definitely be getting paid that way.

20 responses to “$11.7 million guaranteed at signing for Jerick McKinnon

  1. Wow. That’s a lot for running back that’s probably playing not full time, as he’s smaller. He was fun to watch in Ninny. He be good in San Fran.

  2. As a Vikings fan, I loved Jerick. I’m not sure he’s ready to be “the guy”. But in that system he may catch 75+ passes. He will produce for the Niners. Good luck sir!

  3. He’s not being brought in to be THE GUY, he’s being brought in to be the best possible player for the plays they will use him for. He adds playmaking ability, speed, elusiveness, and upgrades their pass catching at the position exponentially. And, he’s just 25, even though it feels like he’s been in the league 7 years backing up Adrian Peterson.

    Every time the Vikings needed a spark, Jerick was the back that provided it. This is a great signing for the 49’ers.

  4. Seems to be better on the fake turf…..I hope his skills translate to our crummy grass field in Santa Clara that always has to be replaced

  5. Excellent change of pace, 3rd down back type, good hands and acceleration once he makes his mind up and plants. Will bounce out to the left in a zone blocking scheme and good character guy. If he touches ball over 20+ in a game, he will be out the next game, pitter patters in the hole to much and takes unneccesary punishment, instead of planting and accelerating using his short, thick and muscular
    frame to protect himself by delivering the blow and gaining forward progress. Best in a RB by committee environment who can be played as the hot hand in a RB rotation. Good luck Jerick!!!

  6. The Vikings weren’t going to pay Jet like that. Glad he got paid and the 9ers got a quality back that is super versatile and can pick up a blitz. Have to use him right though so don’t get him beat up.

  7. This is the first signing I don’t agree with Lynch. With all the running backs coming out this year I’m sure a couple of good ones will drop to the 2nd round.

  8. i think john lynch is already trying to get himself fired

    hint: wild spending even with “tons of space” is still bad business

    anyone paying a scatback 7 mil per is moron and he claimed he wanted to more than a scatback, which he isn’t

    the draft is also loaded with good options under a rookie contract

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    RedBlooded says:
    March 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    This is the first signing I don’t agree with Lynch. With all the running backs coming out this year I’m sure a couple of good ones will drop to the 2nd round.

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    lynch has already proven he is not going to be a successful gm. he lucked into jimmyg, but his salary allocation needs a lot of work. he is getting bent over the sink by these agents.

  10. RedBlooded says:
    March 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    This is the first signing I don’t agree with Lynch. With all the running backs coming out this year I’m sure a couple of good ones will drop to the 2nd round.
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    He’s signing skillsets that fit Shanahan’s system. If you’re opposed to McKinnon now why not Juszczyk last year?

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