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Jerick McKinnon returning to the Chiefs on a one-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs has re-signed RB Jerick McKinnon to a one-year deal, per multiple reports. McKinnon, 30, played college football at Georgia Southern and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Since playing for the Vikings, McKinnon has spent three seasons with the San Fransisco 49ers and played for the Chiefs last year, where he recorded 12 rushes for 62 yards to go along with 13 catches for 107 yards and a score.

He appeared in 13 games last season for the Chiefs, even though his stats don’t reflect the playing time. He had no shortage of interest across free agency but something brought him back to KC (likely the fact that they’re always a Super Bowl contender), but I’d assume that a running back entering his aged 30 season would want more carries and usage. Maybe this is something that the team promised him?

Nonetheless, McKinnon is an insanely athletic player and can provide whatever you need out of the backfield. He has averaged 4.1 yards per carry over his career with 188 catches for over 1,300 yards and 7.1 yards per reception. He is dynamic enough to do whatever you need, as long as he cant stay healthy. Though he has appeared in 87 career games, he has only started 18. That’s a lousy 15% of his games. He is used to being played from a committee so that is likely what to expect from his usage again this year.
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