Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay Faces Another Big Obstacle in Hopes for Big Free Agent Contract

Jason Schandl
This detail could make it hard for Phillip Lindsay to land a big contract when he is a free agent next offseason.
This detail could make it hard for Phillip Lindsay to land a big contract when he is a free agent next offseason. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Having signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Phillip Lindsay is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2020 NFL season. He's surely in line for a much bigger contract than he's on now, but there are some roadblocks that could keep him from landing the big deal he might be hoping for.

First, of course, he's going to be sharing the Broncos' backfield with Melvin Gordon instead of working as a feature back. The other, and likely bigger, concern is that he'll be competing for a contract with a ton of top running backs next offseason.

That running back draft class is absolutely loaded, with Travis Etienne and Chuba Hubbard both having already rushed for over 1,600 yards in 2019, and a ton of other skilled backs joining them. If a team doesn't want to spend big at running back, they will have plenty of chances to take a gamble on a high-upside rookie.

It's not just rookies that will make it hard for Lindsay to land a big deal, either. That free-agent class is stacked as well, and it will be even tougher if a few of the top backs do end up re-signing with their current teams. If Lindsay were one of the only established RBs hitting the open market, he might be in for a big payday. At this point though, it looks like he might not even crack the top five free agents at the position.

Lindsay has proven that he's more than capable at shouldering a big workload, having already racked up 2,485 yards and 17 touchdowns on 486 touches across two NFL seasons. There stands to be so much competition in the running back market next offseason that those strong numbers just aren't enough to stand out.

What could be bad news for Lindsay, however, could be good news for the Broncos. If Melvin Gordon doesn't bounce back with a big year in 2020, or if they just want to continue rolling with a committee approach, the loaded market could allow them to re-sign Lindsay at a bargain price.

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