The NFL calendar year starts on March 12th, and that is the day teams can formally start offering players deals to try and jump start their roster.
One position in need by a number of teams is the running back spot. Today we look at the “Top 10 2013 NFL Free Agent Running Backs” that could very well be in high demand come a week and a half from now.
10. Danny Woodhead – New England
He’s a back that will fight for every last yard, and while he probably won’t get paid like a starter, Woodhead is as tough as they come, and if the Pats don’t give him a deal, someone will.
9. Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh
A former first-round pick, Mendenhall had some solid seasons in the Steel City, but fell out off favor last season, and even was suspended for leaving a game when he was told he wouldn’t dress. Could have a rebirth in a new city with the right circumstances.
8. Shonn Greene – New York Jets
Was supposed to be the future for the Jets, but instead seemed to never get really going under Rex Ryan. Like Mendehall, can have a rebirth with a new team, and likely will get a shot as a starter somewhere in the 2013 season.
7. Felix Jones – Dallas
Another former first-round pick, Jones if he can stay healthy can be a solid addition to any team. Likely will need another back to help him, but has shown that he can break the big run at anytime. Don’t count Jones out yet if a team takes a shot on him and gives him carries.
6. Brandon Jacobs – San Francisco
Basically took a year off last season, signed late and then didn’t like his role, leading him to eventually be on the outside looking in with the NFC Champs. Jacobs can knock over defenders, and with a renewed vigor this offseason, can be a surprise in the free agent market.
5. Peyton Hillis – Kansas City
With the new offense in KC, Hillis likely won’t be back, and could latch on to a team that needs a goal-line bruiser. He’s still got football left in him, and if he gets a number of carries per game, can regain the form that put him over 1000 yards a few years ago with the Browns.
4. Reggie Bush – Miami
Already there’s word the Chargers and Lions have interest, and why not, Bush is only 28, and can like Jones break big runs at anytime. He’s also a solid pass catcher, and seems to have grown up trying to put his early career issues behind him.
3. Michael Turner – Atlanta
Dumped by the Falcons due to cap issues, Turner will be out to prove he can still amass carries and put up yards with a new team in 2013. He’s not a game breaker, but he can wear down a defense, and there’s more than one team that will give him a look.
2. Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants
Love what this guy can bring to a team, and wouldn’t be shocked if he’s got more than one team to choose from by the time it’s over. Bradshaw is still only 26, and may still have his best football ahead, which is why it wont’ take long for a team to ink him.
1. Steven Jackson – St.Louis Rams
The 29-year-old is tired of playing for a non-contender, and wants to go to a team that is looking to win now. The Falcons seem like the fit, but don’t count out other contenders. Jackson is as tough as they come, and he is anxious to try and show others that he is still a top 5 back in the NFL.