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With NFL free agency quickly approaching, the available stable of running backs could be mistaken for a list of recent league leaders. From ​Le'Veon Bell to Tevin Coleman, CJ Anderson and Adrian Peterson, any running-back-needy teams should be able to upgrade their backfield via ​free agency.


In fact, the lineup of running backs available this offseason includes future Hall of Famers, promising young backs and everything in between. 

Bell is arguably in a tier by himself, but the next level of free agents is where the value lies as Coleman, Mark Ingram, and Jay Ajayi can all step in and be quality starting running backs.


Coleman had 800 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry for the Falcons. Ingram rushed for 645 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games for the Saints last season while having to play mostly behind All-Pro Alvin Kamara. And Ajayi was having a good season in Philadelphia before getting hurt four games into the season.

But just how deep this class is makes it all-the-more impressive. Names like Anderson, T.J. Yeldon, Spencer Ware, Latavius Murray, Doug Martin, Bilal Powell, Jacquizz Rodgers and Alfred Blue are all serviceable NFL backs that will help whichever team they sign with. Just look at what Anderson did for the Rams in the playoffs this past season.


Then there's the old guard that can be brought in for leadership and perhaps a miracle season like Peterson had last year with the Redskins. Along with Peterson, there's Marshawn Lynch, Darren Sproles, Jonathan Stewart, Frank Gore and LeGarrette Blount. That's a lot of NFL experience between six players with at least two sure-fire Hall of Famers on that list.


So if the NFL team you root for didn't have a great running game in 2018, just know there are a boatload of viable backs available in free agency. You just have to hope your squad signs the right one.


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