The Kansas City Chiefs are doing their best to load up for what they hope will be another deep playoff run in 2022. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that running back Jerick McKinnon is returning to the team on a one-year deal, which adds another level of depth to head coach Andy Reid's backfield.
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McKinnon is back in KC after racking up 169 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown on 25 touches during the 2021 regular season. The 30-year-old was a different beast in the playoffs, though. McKinnon posted 315 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown across three postseason contests.
It's worth noting that McKinnon likely won't act as the direct backup to starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That will be free-agent signing Ronald Jones. Jones was signed to a one-year deal after logging 2,174 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The amount of money the Chiefs are shelling out to sign McKinnon isn't official yet, but it's safe to say this was a relatively cheap deal. Aside from his role on offense, McKinnon played in 37% of the special teams snaps in 2021. Having his versatility on the roster will be advantageous for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are hoping they can overcome the loss of wide receiver Tyreek Hill and win their seventh consecutive AFC West title this fall. Oddsmakers seem to like their chances as Kansas City is the current favorite to earn the divisional crown at +155 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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