Running back is among the highest- supply positions in theNFL In between the veteran alternatives in NFL free agency and a stable increase of novice backs in the NFL Draft, the top agreements as soon as again deal with a hard ceiling in 2020.
Ezekiel Elliott took control of as the top- paid running back, getting $15 million a season from the Cowboys last fall. In the 2019 offseason, Le’Veon Bell got more than $131 million yearly from the Jets.
The very best offered running back in 2020 isn’t anticipated to go anywhere, however he is anticipated to promote agreement numbers that either match or surpass what Elliott got.
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Here’s a take a look at the top 11 running backs ahead of free agency, which formally opens for business on Wednesday, March 18:
1. Derrick Henry, Titans (age: 26)
Henry was beastly down the stretch, ending up being the NFL hurrying champ with his old-school mix of power and burst. The Titans will keep the hammer and structure of their offense, however they may need to determine just how much they’re paying their quarterback (be it Ryan Tannehill or another person) prior to understanding what they can pay Henry. Henry believes Elliott’s offer is the introducing point– however with a couple of much better warranties in advance, it ought to be more like the location.
2. Melvin Gordon, Chargers (age: 26)
He got the strong accumulated season he wished to enter into free agency, and there’s no chance the Chargers alter their mind to offer him what he’s asking (provided they can simply roll with Austin Ekeler as their function back with a little more power assistance). Gordon is above average at best, provided how low his flooring was and how low his ceiling is. Gordon didn’t take a reported $10 million a season from the Chargers, despite the fact that that would have provided him top- 5 positionalmoney He may not get the pure function task for which he’s looking.
3. Kenyan Drake, Cardinals (age: 26)
Drake’s 643 yards hurrying, 8 goals and 5.2 yards- per-carry average in 8 games at Arizona revealed he was the ideal fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, down to his getting capability. He’s all of a sudden the back of option over fading David Johnson, and ought to get re-signed. Johnson is too pricey to cut (a $16 million-plus cap hit) and likewise hard totrade Unless a team is prepared to deal for– and pay too much– 28- year-old Johnson, Arizona is headed towards an expensive backfield.
4. Jordan Howard, Eagles (age: 25)
Howard has actually had good success as a straight-up power back in both Chicago and Philadelphia, however he provides little open-field burst or getting upside. He knocked out 525 yards hurrying and 7 overall goals for the Eagles in a season suppressed to 10 games by a shoulder injury. With the introduction of novice Miles Sanders, Howard will need to opt for being an early-down and red-zone pounder in a complementary role for a 3rd team.
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5. Carlos Hyde, Texans (age: 29)
Hyde lastly was completely healthy for his 6th NFL season with his 4th team, and it added as much as a career-high 1,070 hurrying yards in a full 16games Houston required Hyde to come through in a late preseason trade when Lamar Miller decreased: He felt comfy pounding away with high volume, when needed. Still, Hyde’s age and past wear state his best and wanted fit is to stick with the Texans.
6. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers (age: 25)
Barber had a couple of minutes for Bruce Arians as the most practical alternative for a sputtering run game till young Ronald Jones was encouraged enough to produce. Barber balanced just 3.1 yards per bring as a makeshift response, with his scoring (7 overall goals) standing out the majority of. He won’ t be back, unlocking for Gordon to land with the Bucs.
7. Lamar Miller, Texans (age: 28)
Miller, who turns 29 in April, has actually had a stable work when healthy considering that he was prepared in the 4th round in2012 He’s likewise coming off tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee in August, which erased his whole 2019 season. He’s an excellent option for a committee veteran type to match a more youthful back.
8. Chris Thompson, Redskins (age: 29)
Thompson has actually had substantial toughness concerns and does not use much as a power runner, however he’s a reliable receiver when healthy, which has actually kept him in the NFL for so long. He had a big fan in former Washington coach Jay Gruden, who is now the offending planner in Jacksonville. He makes good sense to be a death-game enhance to the Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette.
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9. DeAndre Washington, Raiders (age: 26)
Las Vegas does not need him with Jalen Richard reached be the change-of-pace back behind second- year stud Josh Jacobs. Washington revealed some excellent flexibility and production when Jacobs was on the rack with a shoulder injury, however he’s a pure depth back for another team.
10 Isaiah Crowell, Raiders (age: 27)
Crowell tore his Achilles’ heel last Might, about a month after he signed with the Raiders as a power back contingency post- Monster Mode– prior to they prepared Jacobs. He’s a home run- reliant power back who runs best in a committee.
11 Ty Montgomery, Jets (age: 27)
The transformed former Packers pass receiver was anticipated to be more active as a change-of-pace getting back behind Bell, however saw extremely little use for Adam Gase. Perhaps his former Green Bay coach, Mike McCarthy, will bring Montgomery to Dallas to change Tavon Austin as the Cowboys’ hybrid gamer– as a swing reserve behind Elliott and Tony Pollard.