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Free Agent Running Backs Still Available

As the NFL becomes more of a passing league, the running back position has become de-valued. Though some teams like the Houston Texans (Arian Foster/Ben Tate) and the San Francisco 49ers (Frank Gore/Kendall Hunter) still rely heavily on the run game, other power houses like the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers do not.  Two months into free agency still finds some decent RBs without a job including Ryan Torain and Jackie Battle as well as those listed in the pictograph above. Age, injuries, or diminished play are key factors holding teams back from selecting these remaining RBs. It will be interesting to see if and where they end up. For me, I think it’s no doubt that Benson, Hightower and Grant will find a home.

Note: LaDanian Tomlinson told SI recently that he is “95% retired.” But I think he’d play if the right situation came along.

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Houston Texans sign QB John Beck

Texans sign QB John Beck

So, the John Beck experiment in Washington is over and will be continued in Texas. That may have just been a collective sigh of relief I heard across the Beltway as Redskins fans are eager for the RGIII era to begin and the Beck/Grossman/McNabb/whomever era to end. Beck will join the Houston Texans and compete with T.J. Yates and rookie Case Keenum for the QB backup job to starter Matt Schaub.

Lest we forget, Beck’s stat line as starter with Redskins in 2011

Wk 7 – Panthers 33..Redskins 20/ Beck 22/37, 279 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM

Wk 8 – Bills 23…..Redskins 00…../ Beck 22/33, 208 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT, 1 FUM

Wk 9 – 49ers 19…..Redskins 11…/ Beck 30/47, 254 yds. 1 TD, 1 INT, 0 FUM

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Photo Credit:  Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck passes during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ray Rice — Pay Da Man

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is another key player that was franchised last month. And like QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and RB Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears, Ray Rice has not signed his franchise tender and can not join his team in the voluntary offseason workouts that started this past Monday.  As the Ravens featured back, Rice is a key component in their offense. For the 2011 regular season, Rice rushed for 1,364 of the Raven’s 1,995 total rushing yards and had 15 of the 41 touchdowns (12 rushing/3 passing). His 1,364 rushing yards was 2nd in the league behind Jaguars’ RB Maurice Jones Drew who had 1,606. Rice has rushed for at least 1,200 yards and caught at least 60 passes in each of the past three seasons.

With the franchise tag, Rice would receive $7.7 million for one year. And of course, down here on earth, we all wonder what’s the problem with that? Your average Joe would be happy to sign any tag that would net $7.7 million for the year. We wouldn’t even squawk if they dropped the .7.   But consider this, the market rate for the services of a quality veteran running back in the NFL is far greater than $7.7 million. Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans, recently signed a five-year deal for $43.5 million with $20.75 million guaranteed. And at the start of the 2011 season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was given an extension on his rookie contract. Price tag — $53 million with $30 million guaranteed covering him through the 2016 season. The going rate for a top tier running back has been set and Ray Rice is a top tier running back.

C’mon man, Pay the man!

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