While the Dallas Cowboys appear to be set at running back for the 2009 season and beyond with Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, there remain a handful of backs set to enter free agency worth watching.
And while the running back position is light on projected starters, teams looking for backs who fit in a No.2 role will find plenty of them.
Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants – UFA) - The mammoth back has surprisingly good feet and he'll run anyone over in his path. Jacobs has already proven he's capable of being a starting back but past injuries are a concern. Some around the league believe he needs to be in a two-back system and he fits best in a power running game.
Derrick Ward (New York Giants- UFA) - The former seventh-round pick of the New York Jets has been outstanding the last two years in his role as the backup for Brandon Jacobs. Ward is a big back who runs well and he also has surprising versatility. He does a good job of running inside and gets to the second level well, but the one negative is that he turns 29 in August so he's probably looking at a short-term deal.
Rudi Johnson (Detroit Lions - UFA) - The former starter for the Cincinnati Bengals is working on a one-year deal. Teams really see him as a No. 2 back at this point of his career and he fits with a team that uses a power running game.
LaMont Jordan (New England Patriots - UFA) - At this point in his career, Jordan could handle a No. 2 role. He can play in a variety of systems because of his ability to catch the ball.
Maurice Morris (Seattle Seahawks - UFA) - He won the starting job over Julius Jones coming out of the preseason but Morris suffered a sprained knee shortly after the regular season starter. Morris has good versatility and fits in as a No. 2 back in a West Coast system.
DeShaun Foster (San Francisco 49ers - UFA) - Foster offers decent versatility for a team that likes to throw the football.
Correll Buckhalter (Philadelphia Eagles - UFA) - He's been pretty healthy for almost two seasons and Buckhalter has shown that he can be an excellent No. 2 back. He has surprising versatility as well.
Michael Pittman (Denver Broncos - UFA) - Pittman has shown this season that he still has something left in the tank. He is capable of handling a No. 2 role as well as handling a third-down role.
Dominic Rhodes (Indianapolis Colts - UFA) - He's been able to revive his career this season after a poor stint with the Oakland Raiders last year.
Darren Sproles (San Diego Chargers - UFA) - He's a bit small but Sproles is an excellent kickoff returner and he's capable of handling a change of pace role.
Jason Wright (Cleveland Browns - UFA) - He fits in best with a team that runs a power rushing scheme.
J.J. Arrington (Arizona Cardinals - UFA) - The former second-round pick can handle kickoff returns and fits in as a third back.
Aaron Stecker (New Orleans Saints - UFA) - The veteran back fits in as a second or third back and his versatility offers teams a role in passing situations.
2009 Free Agent Running Backs
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