RB is reportedly returning to Kansas City under a one-year contract

RB is reportedly returning to Kansas City under a one-year contract

The Kansas City Chiefs have added another backfield player to their roster. According to ESPN, Jerick McKinnon is returning to the Kansas City Chiefs and has agreed to a one-year contract extension.

He’ll re-join Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the Chiefs’ running back room, along with newly-signed Ronald Jones. McKinnon has largely worked as a pass-catching specialist throughout his career, and seems likely to be involved on third downs, the two-minute offense, and other passing situations. Given his skill set, Jones seems a fit for short-yardage and goal-line opportunities, while Edwards-Helaire could operate as the team’s option on base downs. The Kansas City offense is likely to look different this season than it previously has during the Patrick Mahomes era after the team traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and replaced him with a combination of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and second-round pick Skyy Moore. Perhaps involving running backs in the pass game more often could be part of the game plan, in which case bringing McKinnon back would be an important move.

During the regular season, McKinnon only played 19 percent of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps, but he emerged as their greatest backfield option during their playoff run. He rushed 34 times for 150 yards and caught 14 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in three postseason games, giving him an average of nearly 108 total yards per game. During the playoffs, Kansas City’s other three running backs combined for 116 total yards.

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