49ers make Jerick McKinnon the 4th-highest paid running back in NFL

49ers make Jerick McKinnon the 4th-highest paid running back in NFL

McKinnon, 25, has been a versatile third-dwon back for the Minnesota Vikings since they took him in the third round of the 2014 draft.

With running back Carlos Hyde reportedly heading to the Cleveland Browns, McKinnon will join a young group of running backs including second-year players Matt Brieda and Joe Williams, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

McKinnon put together a career-best season in 2017, rushing for 570 yards, catching 51 passes for 421 yards and scoring five total touchdowns.

The reported deal would make McKinnon the fourth-highest paid running back in the National Football League, behind Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy. He's never panned out as a full-time runner, but McKinnon showed how dynamic he could be in the right situation a year ago.

As the tweet mentions, the deal is a four-year, $30 million agreement.

ESPN first reported the deal.

After missing out on the top dual-threat running back free agency had to offer, the San Francisco 49ers were successful in signing the next-best free agent on the market. After leaving Minnesota this offseason, McKinnon is heading west to San Francisco where he could break through to the next level of his career.

The uncertainty surrounding McKinnons' contract numbers is the lone factor that lowers this grade.