Jerick McKinnon – Free Agent Review
The Cleveland Browns may be looking to add two running backs this off-season to team with Duke Johnson. Free agency will certainly be looked at and Jerick McKinnon could be a target depending on the demand for his services and the contract involved.
McKinnon had a very nice season for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, rushing for over 500 yards and making a career-high 51 receptions for 421 yards. He scored five times while sharing time with Latavius Murray.
We know that Dalvin Cook showed enough before his ACL tear to be the back of the future for the Vikings. Other teams will definitely have interest in McKinnon. At only 25, he has proven that he can be a dual-threat back. He is probably eyeing a feature role for a team, but at 5’9”, 205, he may be better suited to sharing time.
The Browns have some cap space to play with and McKinnon would be another weapon for the Browns. Having both McKinnon and Duke would give Cleveland more versatility on offense.
Free agency may tip the Browns’ draft hand. Signing a player like McKinnon might mean that the Browns are less likely to draft a running back like Saquon Barkley early. They would probably go with a back a little later as to not have too much salary tied up in one position.
Jerick McKinnon would be a nice addition to the Browns’ roster, but the Browns may also choose to address running back solely through the draft.