NFL: Running Backs On The Move

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Terrance West

Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (28) in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

From former Browns’ back to former Browns’ back. Terrance West was traded to the Tennessee Titans last week after he got on the wrong side of the coaching staff. The Browns’ traded West because of “immaturity”  and “inconsistency” , a bit ironic coming from an inconsistent organization that has had it’s fair share of immature players on their roster. On the other side, the Titans made the trade for West, with the hope of forming a trio between West, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey.

The Titans are not on the Bengals schedule this season, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see West and Sankey. The Titans have completely retooled their offense this season, They drafted Heisman winner Marcus Mariota, Dorial Green-Beckham and Tre McBride, to go along with Sankey, McCluster, Kendall Wright, Anthoney Fasano, Justin Hunter and Delanie Walker, The future is bright in Tennessee and we could be seeing all of these playmakers in the playoffs.

Montee Ball

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The former Denver Broncos running back was cut by the team on Septermber 6th. The second round pick has not had the career he was destined for coming out of Wisconsin, but Broncos VP John Elway, stated that “Ball was among the top 53”, but he also stated that “he would’ve been the no. 4” (in the running back depth).

Ball came out of college with a lot of wear and tear. he nearly had 1,000 rushing attempts for over 5,000 yards. However, in his pro career he hasn’t even reached 1,000 yards in two seasons. Much like T-Rich, they may have hit their prime in college, but where they differ is Ball will play this season. Ball could actually end up in the AFC North. With Le’veon Bell out, the Steelers are left with injury prone DeAngelo Williams. They could want Ball to at least provide insurance, although Archer is expected to fill that role early.

Ray Rice

Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Rice last played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 . After an off the field legal incident affected his name and the NFL’s reputation, Rice has been looking for work ever since. Rice has not been signed to a team because of his off the field legal trouble and three consecutive years of declining numbers. However, Rice could be signed to a team sooner rather than later.

The former Raven has popped up on the Cleveland Browns’ radar as well as the Buffalo Bills. While the Bills have stated that they won’t sign Rice, Lesean McCoy‘s injury could make them change their minds. As for the Cleveland Browns, there is a strong possibility that Rice could be back in the AFC North. While the Browns’ just traded Terrance West to the Titans, they still possess rookie Duke Johnson and second year man Isaiah Crowell. Unfortunately, Johnson is out with a concussion. While Crowell is very talented, the help of a veteran running back in Rice, could help him significantly until Johnson is ready to go.

There are a lot of running backs on the open market and many teams that could use the services of the running backs remaining. Cincinnati may not see all of them but, there is a very good chance that all of these backs get signed at some point during this season. Running backs come a dime a dozen, so they say. However, there will always be a need for a couple good backs, so NFL teams take a your pick, there are running back’s galore.