The NFL can be a cruel world if no one wants you. Just ask a couple of running backs that remain unemployed as we get closer and closer to training camps in July. Now of course cost and the fact that many teams seem to be set at the RB position have a lot to do with why these couple of names players are without jobs, but it’s interesting to see at this point why they are not on any NFL roster. Here below are three players who at some point would like to be running the football once again.
Shaun Alexander – How far the mighty have fallen. In Alexander’s case, it didn’t take very long to go from NFL MVP and Super Bowl RB to a player that has no team and is visiting teams in search of a job. Alexander has talked to the Bengals a few times, as well as the Saints, but reports say no offer has been made. The latest is that if he signs, it might not be till closer to when the season starts. There should be gas left in Alexander’s tank, but his last two years in Seattle going through injuries have teams worried about his durability.
Travis Henry – The former Broncos back was dumped Monday by the team and coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement that commitment is a question for the former Bill and Titans back. “He’s just too inconsistent as a person” the coach said. “When you’re too inconsistent as a person, usually you’re not going to win championships.” That seems to be the biggest knock on Henry, who likely will have to take a deal with a lot of incentives to get on a roster. He was great two seasons ago in Tennessee, and it looked as if his life was back in order when he signed with Denver. Now he’s out there looking for work.
Kevin Jones – Another back with a wealth of talent that is still looking for a job. Word is he’s gotten some offers, but the money has just not been there yet for him to sign. Philly reportedly had interest, but it was not known if they were one of the teams giving him an offer. Jones has battled injuries for some time, and if he can stay on the field, he would be solid as a change or pace of third-down back for some team out there. Actually think out of the three he has the best shot to make an impact with a team in 2008.