Free Agency: Who's left, running back edition

Free Agency: Who's left, running back edition
May 24, 2012, 2:35 pm
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Now that salary cap-gate over, what's next for the Redskins 53-man roster. According to Rich Tandler - and without factoring in potential savings by cutting certain veterans - there is around 3.8 million left to play with, some of which goes toward signing the remaining draft picks. So, what should the Shanahan's do with that remaining coin? Considering the free agent options remaining are your rank and file types, we can probably ignore certain areas (defensive line, wide receiver, outside linebacker and - for now anyway - tight end and corner). Other trouble spots (inside linebacker, safety, running back, guardcenter) were addressed in the draft or during the more vibrant portion of free agency though the depth chart is not set in stone. Regardless, you never know what happens between now and the start of training camp and the regular season. That is why we're compiling this list of the viable andrainy dayoptions among remaining NFL free agents. You never know when you have to break the glass in case of emergency. So far, we focused on the available offensive tackleline options. Today, the runners. Tandler just wrote about the Redskins depth chart. I touched on the available players earlier this month in case Tim Hightower moved on or was not brought back. He didn't, he was. Plodding veteran options exist, but unless Hightower's recovery from injury takes a step back, there is little reason to add Cedric "rap sheet" Benson, Thomas "3.1 ypc" Jones" or Ryan "no wiggle" Grant. While Benson probably has the most pop remaining of the three, I would rather add the other two ahead of him unless a truly dire scenario occurred where more of a bell cow option is required.Former Giant Derrick Ward saw sporadic time with the Texans the past two seasons. Considering his experience playing in a smiliar scheme to the what the Shanahan's run, hecould be a plug-and-play option in a quick fix scenario. "Mr. Wildcat" Ronnie Brown is also still out there. I always thought he was overrated in his heyday and that was before he started trying to pass the ball around the goal line. Former Seahawk Justin Forsett's numbers have declined three straight seasons, but he's a viable pass catcher (averaged 32 receptions over last three seasons) and could serve as an effective change of pace option if not overused. Utility back Mewelde Moore could eventually re-sign with the Steelers especially if Rashard Mendenhall's knee injury has a PUP list future in its forecast.Others: Jackie Battle (Chiefs), Jerious Norwood (Rams)