Who’s Out There? Running Back

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Baltimore liked what it saw from undrafted rookie Gus Edwards and the reemergence of Kenneth Dixon last season. The Ravens had the NFL’s top rushing attack after Lamar Jackson took over.

However, Baltimore could still be in the market to add a dynamic tailback to Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman’s run-heavy scheme.

Here’s a snapshot look at the prospective free agents set to hit the market:

Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Unrestricted; 27 years old; 6-foot-1, 225 pounds

Bell was a top contender for the title of the NFL’s best running back before he held out all last season over a contract dispute. He topped 2,000 total yards in 2014 and came awfully close in 2016 and 2017. A patient, yet dangerous runner and dynamic receiver, Bell can do it all. A year out of the NFL leaves some questions about his physical fitness, but it also could mean he’s fresher moving forward. Bell is a workhorse who would instantly, and perhaps majorly, upgrade Baltimore’s offense.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Unrestricted; 29 years old; 5-foot-9, 215 pounds

Ingram was the hammer in a dangerous 1-2 punch with Alvin Kamara the last two seasons. Ingram topped 1,000 rushing yards in 2016 and 2017, and, after serving a four-game suspension in 2018, returned to rumble for 645 yards. He’s been a touchdown machine over his career and is also a good receiver out of the backfield. The eight-year former first-round pick out of Alabama (2011) has been helped by being part of a platoon in recent seasons.

Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Unrestricted; 25 years old; 6-foot-1, 210 pounds

Coleman stepped in as a full-time starter for injured Devonta Freeman last year and had the best season of his young career, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and totaling 800 rushing yards. He’s also a weapon as a receiver and found the end zone nine times last year.

*Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
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Unrestricted; 29 years old, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds

Built more like a bulldozer, Murray has been a pretty consistent runner in his five seasons. He has a career average of 4.1 yards per carry. Murray can bring physicality in a rotation of running backs.

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Unrestricted; 25 years old; 6-foot-1, 223 pounds

Another former Alabama running back, Yeldon is more in the receiver mold. He had more yards through the air (487) than on the ground (414) last season. Edwards didn’t do as much as a receiver in 2018, so Yeldon could be a good complement.

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