NFL Offseason 2020: Which Running Backs Could Find New Homes?

Jordan Cohn
February 20, 2020 - 9:39 am

New York went into a frenzy after the Jets signed Le’Veon Bell last March. Visions of the new-look Jets filled Gang Green’s most fervent supporters’ minds, with Sam Darnold making massive strides next to his new backfield mate. Even after three consecutive years of bottom-10 offensive production in both points and total yards, Darnold and Bell looked ready to turn around the Jets’ lackluster attack.

One thing seemed to be a certainty: Bell’s four-year, $52-million contract couldn’t possibly make the offense worse than in recent years… right?

Things don’t always go as planned. The Jets finished second-to-last in points scored, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. They finished dead last in total yards and yards per rush attempt. Bell, who averaged over 1000 yards and 4.3 yards per carry in his five years in Pittsburgh, looked rusty after his year-long holdout and averaged just 3.2 yards per carry. His yardage totals, both on the ground and through the air, were the lowest in a full season since his rookie year.

Now, that $52 million contract really seems to be weighing on the Jets. As inconceivable as it was at the time, it may be best for New York to move on from the 28-year-old back.

Bell joins a list of running backs who, whether due to ineffectiveness, an expiring contract or cap concerns, may find themselves with a new team after the 2020 offseason.

Let’s predict which running backs will be in new situations in 2020.

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