Jerick McKinnon “willing to do whatever” to stay with 49ers

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Running back Jerick McKinnon signed a four-year deal with the 49ers as a free agent in 2018, but he’s yet to play a game for the team.

McKinnon tore his ACL just before the start of the 2018 season and then needed to have more surgery on his knee last summer. McKinnon is due a base salary of $6.5 million in 2020, but said on Wednesday that he’s open to revisiting that deal in order to be in position to actually make it on the field for the Niners.

“I’m willing to do whatever . . . The organization knows I want to be a part of this team, so when that time comes there will be a talk between both parties,” McKinnon said, via Nick Wagoner of

Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert are under contract for next season while Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson are set to be restricted free agents. If McKinnon is cut, the 49ers would take $4 million of his $8.55 million cap hit in dead money.

8 responses to “Jerick McKinnon “willing to do whatever” to stay with 49ers

  1. I hope The Jet isn’t seeing himself as “the guy” in a backfield. I loved when he played for the Vikings, but he was only effective as a change of pace guy. When he got rare moments to take over, he just wasn’t as effective. And I love him as a player too!

  2. I think a year prove it contract at veteran minimum to show he can stay healthy would be the way to go. Would love to see this guy finally take some snaps with us.

  3. I bet with 2 years worth of knee injuries, the Jet is out of fuel. If he stays, I bet he has to move from first class to coach.

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