According to ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler, the Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back a familiar face to bolster the offense with the re-signing of running back Jerick McKinnon on Monday. Terms of the deal were not yet known, but Fowler did say it was a one-year deal.
McKinnon was signed to a single-season deal just a year ago with the Chiefs, and while he failed to make much of an impact for the majority of the regular season, he became a postseason hero as the Chiefs tried to march toward a third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance.
The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back Jerick McKinnon for another season to bolster the offensive backfield, per Jeremy Fowler.
Last year in three postseason games, McKinnon had a total of 315 yards from scrimmage in rotational duty out of the backfield for the Chiefs offense. He had 34 carries for 150 yards rushing (good for 4.4 yards/carry average) and caught another 14 of 17 targets for 165 yards and a score.
In addition to being a very good blocker, McKinnon has a nice all-around skill set that would serve any team well, but for Kansas City, he was also the only runner with the burst to get outside and do some real damage there.
McKinnon gives the Chiefs even more competition for a backfield that’s looking very crowded at the moment. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is healthy and the presumed lead back, while Derrick Gore has also been retained from last season. Ronald Jones was signed to replace Darrel Williams, who left in free agency, and the team also drafted Rutgers prospect Isiah Pacheco in the seventh round.