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3 Most Likely Destinations for Marlon Mack in Free Agency

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Marlon Mack suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 1 of the 2020 season. The injury came during the final year of his contract. Now the Indianapolis Colts running back is an unrestricted free agent.

Mack rushed for a career-high 1,091 yards in 2019, and missed at least two games in each of his first three seasons with the Colts. He joins a deep running back pool in the 2021 free agent market that includes productive players like Todd Gurley, James Connor and Chris Carson.

Here are three potential free-agent destinations for Mack this offseason.

3. Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team needs a new name and additional reinforcements in their offensive backfield. Mack is a big back who proved he could carry the load in 2018 and 2019 with 1,999 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He's limited as a receiver, but Mack is an explosive runner and goal-line back who also protects the ball with no fumbles in 2019. Rookie Antonio Gibson emerged as the WFT's lead back in 2020 with 795 rushing yards, but the Football Team needs additional quality running backs and Mack is one of those when healthy.

2. Los Angeles Chargers

If you're Mack, wouldn't you get your agent to push to play in the Los Angeles Chargers' backfield with QB Justin Herbert? Los Angeles has no big runner to carry the ball and Austin Ekeler led the Chargers in rushing with 530 yards in 2020 despite missing a huge chunk of the year. Rookie RB Joshua Kelley couldn't break through with 354 rushing yards, so there is room for improvement in the Chargers backfield. Ekeler and Mack would form a dangerous one-two punch as they have very complementary skillsets.

1. New York Jets

The New York Jets are a top-three team in cap space heading into 2021, and they need a number of upgrades on offense. The Jets' offense ranked last in the league in 2020 averaging just 279.9 yards per game at 4.7 yards per play and 15.2 points per game. For gosh sakes, the Jets had no running back that could beat out 37-year-old Frank Gore, who led the team with 653 rushing yards. Mack is a starter for an RB-needy team willing to sign him.

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