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San Francisco 49ers Improve With Jerick McKinnon Signing

The San Francisco 49ers can kiss their losing days goodbye next season if things go as planned. They catapulted themselves into future playoff contention by trading for Jimmy Garoppolo last October, and that was just the beginning of their improvements.

The football team parted ways with running back Carlos Hyde, who will move on to the Cleveland Browns. As a counter, the 49ers will sign former Viking Jerick McKinnon to the position.

As Adam Schefter tweeted, the deal will be for four years worth $30 million. McKinnon will make $7 million more than Dion Lewis, who also earned a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. Lewis, who is two years older than McKinnon, produced better numbers last season. The 27-year-old rushed for 896 yards compared to McKinnon’s 570 yards. However, McKinnon recorded 51 receptions for 421 yards to Lewis’s 32 catches for 214 yards.

Numbers don’t lie, but metrics support Lewis better: in 2017 he was the NFL’s best rushing back, according to Football Outsiders. He ranked ninth in value per play as a pass-catcher. McKinnon was 40th and 31st in these same categories, but these stats also take the offenses into consideration. The tag team of McKinnon and Garoppolo however, could do some dangerous things in 2018.

[via CBS Sports]

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