McKinnon could have a role on third downs this upcoming season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The San Francisco backfield became a bit less crowded when Matt Breida was traded to Miami on the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are left as the clear favorites for carries, but McKinnon could be the top pick for the third-down role if he can prove he's back at full strength after missing the past two seasons with knee injuries. He accepted a pay cut in April to stay with the 49ers, one month after GM John Lynch declared the veteran running back healthy. The 49ers also have third-year pro Jeff Wilson in the backfield, and their class of undrafted rookies includes Salvon Ahmed and JaMycal Hasty.
The 49ers and McKinnon agreed to a restructured contract for the 2020 season Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Knee woes have wiped out both of the last two seasons for McKinnon, so it's no surprise the 49ers sought to decrease his $6.5 million base salary for 2020. Fortunately for McKinnon, he was deemed healthy by GM John Lynch in late February, so he'll have a chance to work his way up a cluttered RB depth chart. McKinnon joins Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman as incumbents for the upcoming campaign, while Matt Breida is a restricted free agent.
General manager John Lynch said McKinnon (knee) is now healthy and could stay with the 49ers if the two sides reach an agreement on a reworked contract, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Scheduled for a $6.5 million base salary in the third season of a four-year, $30 million contract, McKinnon presumably needs to accept a huge pay cut to have any shot at sticking around in San Francisco. He missed all of 2018 and 2019 with right knee injuries, and he wasn't exactly a world beater in his four seasons with Minnesota from 2014 to 2017. Fellow running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are under contract with the 49ers for the upcoming season, while Matt Breida can become a restricted free agent. Regardless of what happens this offseason, McKinnon is looking at a difficult path back to fantasy relevance.
McKinnon (knee) had surgery Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. McKinnon hasn't provided details on the surgery, apart from stating that it doesn't directly involve the torn ACL and damaged meniscus that wiped out his 2018 campaign. He'll now miss another full season on injured reserve, but he hopes to make it back next offseason and stick around with the 49ers. Doing so likely would involve a pay cut from his scheduled $6.5 million base salary for 2020.
GM John Lynch said Mckinnon needs another surgery on his right knee, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. McKinnon endured a number of setbacks in his recovery from the torn right ACL suffered last August, precipitating the need for another procedure. He'll miss back-to-back campaigns as he yields the 49ers backfield to Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3||09/27||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|6||10/19||Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|7||10/25||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|10||11/15||@New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|12||11/29||@Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||50||190||1||17||140||1||43|