Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said McKinnon is a player he would have loved to continue coaching.
“He’s a great kid,” Zimmer said. “He works hard. He always has a smile on his face. We’re going to miss him.”
A lot of people were surprised that McKinnon got so much money, considering he has never been a regular starter and never even rushed for 600 yards in a season. Zimmer was not surprised.
“I knew he was going to get money,” Zimmer said. “I obviously didn’t know it was going to be that high. But he’s a good kid. He’s worth it.”
To be worth it in San Francisco, McKinnon is going to need to play a lot more — and produce a lot more — than he did in Minnesota.