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4 Most Likely Landing Spots for Free Agent RB Jay Ajayi

David Kaestle
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Former Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles' running back Jay Ajayi has been out of football this year after tearing his ACL last season. Although, Ajayi is now fully healthy and looking for a team that requires his services.

With a number of teams that could use either extra depth at the position or someone to help split the backfield carries, here's a look at four teams that could be most likely to sign the free-agent running back.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Bruce Arians' first season in Tampa hasn't exactly gone as planned. Jameis Winston is continuing his bad habits as the NFL's turnover king, and the Buccaneers have also failed to formulate a consistent running game, or develop a true starting running back for that matter. While Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber have gone back and forth all season, Ajayi could come in and provide some stability. Even if he's not the running back he used to be, he would almost certainly be an upgrade over the Bucs' current backfield.

3. Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers don't have any problems running the ball this season behind Christian McCaffrey, who's arguably been the best running back in the NFL through the first eight games. However, what Carolina does lack at the position is depth. McCaffrey is on the field for almost all of the Panthers' offensive snaps, and while that has been a good thing for them so far, there's nothing wrong with having a little insurance. The Panthers' current backup is second-year undrafted RB Reggie Bonnafon, so bringing in a veteran like Ajayi could certainly prove an upgrade and offer someone fit to give McCaffrey a little relief from his incredible workload thus far.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Similar to the Panthers, the Jaguars are set at starting RB duties, but they could surely use some depth and insurance behind Leonard Fournette, who has been a workhorse for Jacksonville all season. Fournette doesn't exactly have the cleanest injury history either, so adding a competing back behind him like Ajayi could be a wise move for Jacksonville, especially after losing T.J. Yeldon in free agency last offseason. The Jags' current backup is Ryquell Armstead, and Ajayi represents a major potential upgrade there.

1. Detroit Lions

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The Lions are the team on this list that arguably needs Ajayi the most, which would make sense as to why they reportedly chose to bring him in for a workout on Friday. After losing starting running back Kerryon Johnson to the IR, the Lions deployed a running back-by-committee approach against the New York Giants in their Week 8 game, and things didn't go so well. None of the four running backs they gave the ball to did much of anything. So, bringing in Ajayi would provide the Lions with a veteran RB who has proven success at the NFL level, and it just might also give them a glimmer of hope to salvage a season that's been trending in the wrong direction lately.


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