For the last four seasons Jacquizz Rodgers has been the main backup running back for the Falcons. But now, Rodgers can become an unrestricted free agent on March 7.
Will Rodgers be satisfied to remain in that same role? Will he be tempted by another team with a promise of more playing time, or simply more money? And will the Falcons want him back?
Rodgers rushed for 217 yards last season on 58 carries, for an average of 3.6 yards per carry. It was very similar to his rookie season, when he ran for 205 yards on 57 carries.
Rodgers has been a durable backup, not playing in just one game in his four seasons. But he never gave the Falcons much cause to believe he could be more than a backup. Rodgers ran for 362 yards in 2012 and 332 yards in 2013.
The Falcons must improve the running game, which has been a disaster for the last two years. There is a chance new head coach Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will want to simply scrap the entire running back corps, especially with Rodgers and Antone Smith both being free agents.
Backup running backs are somewhat like middle relief pitchers in baseball, almost interchangeable. It's doubtful the Falcons will lose much sleep if Rodgers is signed by another team over more money. They could want him back at the right price, but this is not a player to overpay.
So don't be surprised if Rodgers leaves after four seasons with the Falcons.
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