The Vikings have almost no need for a running back as things stand now with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor carrying the load. However, if they lose Mewelde Moore in free agency, they could go looking for a veteran backup to help with the maturity of Peterson and to step into a secondary role if either Peterson or Taylor get hurt in 2008.
Maybe more important than the potential loss of Moore would be the potential loss of starting fullback Tony Richardson, who is also an unrestricted free agent. Richardson wants to return and he is a valuable veteran in the locker room and in the community.
With those potential losses among the possibilities, we list the unrestricted and restricted running backs scheduled for free agency in March (with their years of NFL experience in parentheses).
Musa Smith, Baltimore Ravens (5)
Ryan Neufeld, Buffalo Bills (7)
Shaud Williams, Buffalo Bills (4)
Brad Hoover, Carolina Panthers (8)
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland Browns (8)
Zack Crockett, Dallas Cowboys (13)
Cecil Sapp, Denver Broncos (4)
Aveion Cason, Detroit Lions (6)
T.J. Duckett, Detroit Lions (6)
Ron Dayne, Houston Texans (8)
LaBrandon Toefield, Jacksonville Jaguars (5)
Kris Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs (4)
Jesse Chatman, Miami Dolphins (5)
Mewelde Moore, Minnesota Vikings (4)
Tony Richardson, Minnesota Vikings (13)
Aaron Stecker, New Orleans Saints (8)
Derrick Ward, New York Giants (4)
Justin Fargas, Oakland Raiders (5)
Reshard Lee, Oakland Raiders (4)
Reno Mahe, Philadelphia Eagles (5)
Thomas Tapeh, Philadelphia Eagles (4)
Dan Kreider, Pittsburgh Steelers (8)
Michael Turner, San Diego Chargers (4)
Josh Scobey, Seattle Seahawks (6)
Maurice Hicks, San Francisco 49ers (4)
Travis Minor, St. Louis Rams (7)
Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12)
Michael Bennett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
Chris Brown, Tennessee Titans (5)
Corey McIntyre, Atlanta Falcons (3)
Justin Green, Baltimore Ravens (3)
Tyson Thompson, Dallas Cowboys (3)
Vernand Morency, Green Bay Packers (3)
Boomer Grigsby, Kansas City Chiefs (3)
Sam Gado, Miami Dolphins (3)
Alvin Pearman, Seattle Seahawks (3)
Leonard Weaver, Seattle Seahawks (3)
Casey Cramer, Tennessee Titans (3)
2008 Free Agents: Running Backs
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