49ers add Jerick McKinnon

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The 49ers are bolstering their offense with the addition of former Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon.

McKinnon has agreed to terms with San Francisco, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 49ers needed a running back because their leading rusher from last year, Carlos Hyde, agreed to terms with the Browns this morning. The 25-year-old McKinnon, who ran for 570 yards and caught 51 passes for 421 yards last season, is now likely to be the starter in San Francisco.

McKinnon was the No. 58 player in our Free Agent Top 100.

50 responses to “49ers add Jerick McKinnon

  1. Sorry to see the Vikings lose this guy, who is very talented and versatile. SF is a very smart franchise now, and is building a contender quickly. As long as McKinnon can withstand the pounding of steady duty, he will pan out very well and help this team make the playoffs this year.

  2. If the 49ers add a top notch RB prospect in the 1st or 2nd (like Guice, Michel etc.) to pair with McKinnon this offense could be nasty.

  3. Sorry to see you leave, Jet. Best wishes in San Fran – except for whenever we play you…

  4. Solid RB, just never had much of a line here in MN. Great guy, runs really hard, very elusive, great pass catcher. Will be missed here but this kid deserves a chance to be “the guy”. SF is making some really good moves.

  5. but but but but but Packer trolls said he would come to green bay for free?? Does he want to finish in 3rd Place? NO!!!!! he wants to contend and that will not be the case in turd town this year!!!! Please pick up your participation ribbon in the next few days after management colors them out of an old Schlitz box.

  6. Jet is a class act. Sorry to lose him….but necessary considering the Cousins contract and the fact Dalvin Cook is coming back. Good luck!

  7. Good luck Jet. Wow, Case, Sam, Teddy, Jet. Vikes obviously had some talent. Good luck and thanks for being great Vikings.

  8. Good guy and a very good, versatile RB. Will be a great fit in SF as long as they use him right as he’s not durable if used full-time.

  9. Really surprised he moved on. Would have been a great 1-2 punch with Cook back. Probably need some cap space for Cousins I guess.

    Can’t say I’ll miss him though. He was a pain in the Packers behind.

  10. Dang… Would have liked to keep him around he created some good matchups against opposing LB’s. He wanted out in a bad way which is discouraging. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see him being a 1k rusher or 3 down guy. Curious to see how he develops on that natural surface in SF. Good luck Jet.

  11. This is a good pickup for SF, and I hate to see him leave Minnesota. The Vikings knew how to get the most production out of him without wearing him down.

    McKinnon is a very good third-down, pass-catching and change of pace back. What he is not is a guy who can run inside and break tackles. In other words, he’s not a feature back who can handle 300 carries in a season. I hope for the sake of McKinnon and the 49ers that the latter has figured that out.

  12. Yeaahhh buudddyy! If Joe Williams can contribute along with McKinnon, Juszczyk, and Breida (who I loved last year), there are going to be a lot of weapons in the backfield. Shanahan is going to be able to draw up a lot of creative plays.

  13. Sad day for Vikings fans, Jet is a class act. 49ers are getting a guy with heart and he’s still just a young kid at 25. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns into a 1,000 yard back. Best of luck Jerick!

  14. When you pay an average QB $28 million a year guaranteed, you’re going to be losing talent at other positions.

  15. Good luck in the future JM. Good player. Dangerous in space with the ability to make big flash plays. Beware though… He falls to the ground with the lightest touch. A lot of negative runs that didn’t have much to do with the o-line play.

  16. Nice compliment to Peterson and then Cook. Very good hands, nice speed and moves. Not very big with no ability to move a pile. Very similar to former Viking back Darrin Nelson. But he’s simply not big enough to take the pounding a number one back takes. Good luck to him, but I think he was a great fit with Cook as the number one and I think he’ll find that out on Frisco.

  17. As a Vikings fan I’ll miss Jet. Very unselfish player. I don’t know if he can be a Bell Cow. I think SF needs to get another back. For sure a power running back. But this guy is a great as a pass catcher and outside rusher. I hope he does well for you.

  18. Love how everyone seems to be an expert on the Vikings salary cap situation. It’s not that the Vikings couldn’t afford McKinnon, it’s that they had no real place for him. He would be their 3rd string RB at best behind Cook and Murray. Even with the Cousins signing, the Vikings are still in excellent shape with the salary cap. They will likely use that money to bolster their O-line and D-line, not pay a 3rd string RB.

  19. Good pickup by the 49ers. McKinnon wanted to be the #1 guy. But, with Cook coming back. that was just not going to happen.He was a good back for the Vikes. Will miss him. Good luck. It is a good year to draft RBs, so the Vikes will draft one.

    – Vikes fan

  20. Great Landing Spot for Jet! I wish him the very best. 9ers fans you got a solid running back and a hard worker! Congrats!

  21. Carlos Hyde signs at $5mm a year and the 49ers sign Mckinnon at $7.5mm per year? This is a perfect example of FA craziness. McKinnon is a career backup who is a nice change of pace back. He’s not worth what he got here.

  22. people saying we still need a back are out of the loop. Joe williams will be beast. With brieda and mckinnon???three headed monster

  23. Damn Vikes this guy is a beast at the running and passing game WTF!!! I hope Dalvin Cook is recovered because losing Jerrick the Jet is a Serious blow. If Jet stays healthy OMG 49ers are for real!!

  24. doublehardtwelve says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:51 am
    Carlos Hyde signs at $5mm a year and the 49ers sign Mckinnon at $7.5mm per year? This is a perfect example of FA craziness. McKinnon is a career backup who is a nice change of pace back. He’s not worth what he got here.
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    McKinnon fits what Shanahan wants in a RB better than Hyde. Better receiver, more versatile, etc. He won’t need to be an every down back. It will be RB by committee this year in SF, McKinnon, Breida, Juszczyk, and maybe Joe Williams. I like the pick-up and it’s a reasonable contract for a guy who just turned 25.

  25. Well Shanny found his Tevin Coleman. Round #2 he will find his Freeman…..possibly either Georgia RB, the LSU RB or the USC RB. All backs I believe could be available early day two & will be better than Freeman.
    LOVE WATCHING TEAMS GET RECONSTRUCTED GO SF!!! I’m a Bills Guy…..TOTALLY ENVIOUS.

  26. 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.

  27. ariani1985 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:11 am
    but but but but but Packer trolls said he would come to green bay for free?? Does he want to finish in 3rd Place? NO!!!!! he wants to contend and that will not be the case in turd town this year!!!! Please pick up your participation ribbon in the next few days after management colors them out of an old Schlitz box.
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    You are as clever as you are entertaining.

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