First, the 49ers lost Carlos Hyde. He signed with the Cleveland Browns early Wednesday morning.
Then, the 49ers replaced him with former Minnesota Vikings backup running back Jerick McKinnon, who never has been a full-time starter in the NFL.
Then, the 49ers made McKinnon the fourth-highest-paid running back in the league. He will earn up to $30 million from the 49ers during the next four seasons.
“Jerick has proven to be an extremely versatile football player,” 49ers GM John Lynch wrote in a statement, “whose speed, elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability make him a very difficult matchup for defenses.”
McKinnon fits 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, which emphasizes speed and elusiveness. Hyde is not fast or elusive. He didn’t fit Shanahan’s offense.
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