The Atlanta Falcons released Devonta Freeman this afternoon. His absence will obviously create quite the hole in their backfield, as Brian Hill was the only other Falcons' RB to break 300 rushing yards last season.
While filling the position is undoubtedly a need, the cap-strapped Falcons currently have the fourth-least available space in the NFL. So with that in mind, here are three low-cost running backs the team should target in free agency.
3. DeAndre Washington
With Freeman gone, Atlanta will likely need to add a solid pass-catcher to its RB corps. DeAndre Washington fits the bill. He caught 36-of-41 targets last season, racking up 292 yards on 8.1 yards per catch. He only averaged 3.6 yards per carry, but he'd be a great safety blanket for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
2. Matt Breida
Were it not for ball security and injury issues, Matt Breida would likely be a much trendier target in free agency. He's averaged at least 5.1 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons. But, he's missed a combined five games and fumbled three times during that same span. He's not going to be a feature back any time soon, but he'd be a great change-of-pace RB.
1. Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller is about as consistent as it gets. He's not exactly a high-ceiling option, but he could perform well in a rotational role. Miller had rushed for at least 850 yards in five consecutive seasons, but a knee injury suffered in the preseason caused him to miss the entire 2019 campaign. That should make him relatively cheap to acquire, though, and he'd be a nice flyer for the Dirty Birds.
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