After DeMarco Murray: 5 Next Running Backs to Consider

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January 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

DeAngelo Williams

Just released from the Carolina Panthers, Williams offers experienced services to any team that is willing to take a chance on him. He missed over half of last season, but he’s turned in some steady performances in the past, particularly 2011-2013. His over four yards per carry during that period (and 5.4 in 2011) are still doable for the 31 year old back. I’m inclined to think he has at least a small resurgence with whatever team decides to pick him up.

Williams is a bit tough to judge because he split carries for so long with the Panthers. What I would like to see for him is another situation where he can benefit from splitting time, either as a one-two punch or with a committee. Put him in a situation to succeed and whoever picks him up will likely see rewards.

Some of these guys have question marks hanging over their heads, so teams may be wary and wait until the 2015 NFL Draft to re-stock the running back position. It’s a gamble they may be willing to take to drive down their prices.

We’ll see how teams react post DeMarco Murray’s signing.

Next: Can Jags Convince Murray to Come to Jacksonville?

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