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Vikings free agent McKinnon to sign multi-year deal with 49ers

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (21) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Corey Graham (24) during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game Jan. 21 at Lincoln Financial Field. James Lang / USA TODAY Sports

The Jet will land in San Francisco. A source said that running back Jerick McKinnnon, who spent the past four seasons with the Vikings, will sign a four-year, $30 million contract with the 49ers on Wednesday's first day of free agency.

ESPN first reported the deal.

McKinnon had said after last season he was looking to possibly leave Minnesota. Last Sunday, he tweeted a picture of a plane, a reference to his Jet nickname, and wrote "coming to a city near you."

After being taken in the third round of the 2014 draft, McKinnon rushed for 1,918 yards and caught 142 passes in his four Vikings seasons.

McKinnon likely will start for the 49ers since they lost last year's starter, Carlos Hyde, in free agency to Cleveland.

The Vikings' starter at running back in 2018 is expected to be Dalvin Cook, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the fourth game last season. Now, they must decide what to do about a backup.

Latavius Murray, who handled the bulk of the load when Cook went down, is under contract for $5.15 million for next season. However, the Vikings might ask him to take a pay cut and release him if he doesn't. Murray's contract would become guaranteed for the season on Friday.

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