2005 Running Backs: A Buyer's Market

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  1. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    Shaun Alexander, Anthony Thomas, LaMont Jordan, Edgerrin James and Rudi Johnson are on track to become free agents and there are other situations around the league that may lead to some RB shuffling this off season. I'm sure Travis Henry will be moved, and the Vikings or Chiefs could unload Bennett or Johnson. The bottom line is that this isn't going to be a bad year if you are looking for a back.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2002084192_nflfeature07.html
     
  2. ArlingtonTexan

    ArlingtonTexan Moderator Staff Member

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    Right now, if I were the Texans I would NOT go for alexander or James...Paying a lot for high mileage players, but would try to figure out which one the Jordan, R.Johnson, D. rhodes that i like the best and could get a decent price and have an open competition for the spot with the three that are here or plan on the dreaded committe
     
  3. LiveForTheGame

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    I really like the idea of maybe picking up Travis Henry. He's young and healthy (I believe) and a great talent. What kind of options would we be looking at to go for him?
     
  4. TheOgre

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    That is good news. We might not have to use a draft pick on one.

    IMO Davis and Wells are not long-term solutions at HB. I think Hollings could be a big threat, but I wonder if he is more of a complementary back rather than a primary one. He is the only back we have that is still a question mark for me.
     
  5. Porky

    Porky Hall of Fame

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    I think we need to be very careful that we don't overspend for a RB in FA. If we get outbid, so be it. I heard an interesting stat, that once a RB hits 27, most are over the hill. That makes drafting one the best bargain. By the same token, if we can get a decent young back without giving up the farm, then I'm all for it.
     
  6. Blake

    Blake MMQB

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    I think the best bet would be to draft a RB. You get a young back, for little money. And maybe he can take over after a year on the sidelines.
     
  7. Mistril48

    Mistril48 All Pro

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    Good info.

    In addition to the free agents, I believe will be a good year for RBs in the draft this year.
     
  8. LiveForTheGame

    LiveForTheGame Veteran

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    Good RB's are always in demand, and it seems that there is normally a good supply of them ready to be picked up.
     


  9. AndreJ

    AndreJ All Pro

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    I don't think we can wait another year for a good running back if we want to go to the playoffs. If we get one out of the draft we need him come out and step up to the plate, and be ready to do alot of running. I would love to see Cadillac Williams come out and have a big year or even Cedric Benson.

    I'm not a real big college football fan so i want to know what other RB's yall would think might do good as a starting rookie for the Texans.
     
  10. GeauxTexans

    GeauxTexans Rookie

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    unless we draft one of the top tier running backs, I would love to see us sign Anthony Thomas. He is a big strong running back and he could probably be signed cheaper than Alexander or James. Thomas is also from Winnfield, Louisiana so perhaps it would be easier to convince him to play closer to home.

    Here is a link to his bio on the Bears website, LINK
     
  11. 281

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    Thomas has no breakaway speed whatsoever... A little better version of Stacey Mack. No thanks.
     

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