Jerick McKinnon headed to the Bay Area to join the 49ers

Jerick Mc Kinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium

Jerick Mc Kinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium

According to reports from ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to sign running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year deal, shoring up the Niners' offensive backfield after the exit of RB Carlos Hyde.

After four years in a part-time, fill-in role for Minnesota, McKinnon has parlayed his explosiveness into a very nice $30 million deal.

"I want to thank the Vikings organization and coaches for making my dreams come true of being drafted, and giving me the opportunity.to start my career in the great state of [Minnesota]", McKinnon told fans via Twitter on Wednesday. Of McKinnon's 474 carries, just 53 came in the red zone and only 10 were inside the 5-yard line.

The breakup between McKinnon and the team that drafted him appeared inevitable, with the projected return of budding superstar Dalvin Cook from a torn ACL and the workman-like ground and pound attack offered by Latavius Murray. In four seasons with Minnesota, McKinnon has rushed for 1,918 yards with seven touchdowns and a career average of 4.0 yards per carry. He also saw action in two postseason contests and recorded 18 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown as well as 14 receptions for 92 yards.

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Jerick McKinnon of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during the NFL International Series match between Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium on October 29, 2017 in London, England.

A dual-threat running back who is equally unsafe as a ball-carrier as he is catching the ball out of the backfield.

After losing their first nine games previous year, the 49ers underwent a remarkable turnaround.

McKinnon was a player that Peter Schrager of NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" recently named as a player he'd like to see in San Francisco.

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