The 2009 NFL free agency signing peroid is fast approaching, and one position that is going to be very interesting to watch as it plays out is that of running back. Friday the New York Giants placed the franchise tag on RB Brandon Jacobs, meaning that he’ll almost for sure be around for the 2009 season. Jacobs was not happy with the tag, but the G-Men could not afford to lose him. There are some other interesting players out there when it comes to running backs for 2009 NFL free agency signing peroid, and here are some that will for sure draw interest:
1. Darren Sproles – The Chargers back shined late in the year when LaDainian Tomlinson went down with an injury. He carried the team against the Colts in the wild card round of the playoffs, and if the team feels that Tomlinson is either too injury prone or has seen better days, it would behoove the Chargers to keep him around anyway they can.
2. Derrick Ward – Now that the Giants have placed the franchise tag on Brandon Jacobs, the door should be open for Ward to go where he would like. The Giants was his first choice, but Ward is a good enough back to get a shot to be a starter somewhere, and he showed that with his 215 yard game vs the Panthers in week sixteen. Ward is a young player on the rise, and some team is going to take advantage of that in the 2009 NFL free agency signing peroid.
3. J.J. Arrington – The Cardinals have an intersting decision to make with Arrington, as they already have Tim Hightower, and who knows what to expect with Edgerrin James? Arrington is another back that played well late, and is a very good change of pace back out of the backfield that can make plays. If the Cards don’t want him, someone else will.
4. Cedric Benson – The former troubled Bears first-round back found a home with the Bengals late last season, and played well the last few weeks. He has said he’d like to stay in Cincy, and for a team that really does not have a lot of other options at the RB spot, Benson would be a decent enough back to have that may have a chance at having a decent career after all.