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Former Sprayberry, Georgia Southern star Jerick McKinnon agrees to deal with 49ers

Former Sprayberry, Georgia Southern star Jerick McKinnon agrees to deal with 49ers

That figure would make McKinnon the fourth highest paid running back in the National Football League based on average yearly salary, a staggering price for a running back that has never once rushed for over 600 yards in a season, or been the feature back at any point during his four-year career.

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. Schrager was the first person to report on Wednesday morning that McKinnon meant to sign with the 49ers.

A perennial favorite of metrics mavens from around the interwebs, McKinnon has shown flashes of fantasy potential, but never quite put it all together.

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.

In Minnesota, McKinnon was good but not great.

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The 49ers have an immediate need in the backfield with former starter Carlos Hyde leaving to join the Cleveland Browns. Murray's contract would become guaranteed for the season on Friday.

So the question is how Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers will view McKinnon this upcoming season.

Free agency opened Wednesday with 49ers general manager John Lynch extolling the virtues of their newest offensive players, running back Jerick McKinnon and offensive lineman Weston Richburg.

He heads to San Francisco to not only play behind the best quarterback he's had in his career but also with the best offensive mind he's played for. An expectation of 15 touches per game is much more reasonable. 49ers land the back they wanted. Despite playing second fiddle to Peterson, McKinnon registered 444 yards from scrimmage while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.