Well, time has passed and it seems there isn’t a whole lot of interest among any of the 32 NFL teams in his services, including the Packers.
Given his injury history, I’m sure many teams have cast only a glance, but from what I’ve seen of this guy he could bring a whole new attitude to the Packers backfield. He runs with abandon, punishing tacklers in his wake. Maybe that’s why he’s had the injury history. But he seems to be the prototypical NFL runner – he can run it between the tackles, but has the speed to also get around the corner when asked. In addition, he can catch the ball out of the backfield.
Anytime this guy has played against the Packers and has been given the ball, I have cringed … he’s always running north and south and gouging the defense for yard after yard. Was Ted Thompson watching the same Packers vs. New York Giants games when we all saw him continually run into the Packers secondary?
If so, you would think he wouldn’t waste time in at least exploring the opportunity.
Before we get back to the injuries, consider that he’s just 26 years old – young for an NFL running back; he’s got two Super Bowl rings and comes at a relatively small price. He was scheduled to make $4.25 million this year, but could probably be signed to an incentive-laden contract with a base much less than that $4.25 million – especially if there are few other teams that come forward.
But then again, we get back to the injuries. In 2012, he missed two games, but still collected 1,015 yards (4.2 yard average); he had 659 yards in 2011 (missed four games); and in 2010 he had 1,235 yards.
In six seasons with the Giants, he has rushed for 4,232 yards (4.6 yards per carry), with 32 touchdowns. He has coughed the ball up a lot, however – 19 times during those six seasons. He fumbled seven times in 2010.
What that tells me is that he’s either had some really bad luck or is simply injury-prone. That’s why a contract would have to include incentives. Despite the injuries, he comes back strong and continues to be productive.
He would also be a huge improvement over Cedric Benson and would be a great complement to DuJuan Harris and Alex Green.
What do you think? Should the Packers pursue him before someone else takes the leap?