The Green Bay Packers should consider signing free-agent running back Theo Riddick.
The Detroit Lions officially announced on Saturday that they had released running back Theo Riddick, making way for new signing Mike Daniels to join the roster. After releasing Daniels, the Green Bay Packers should consider signing Riddick, which would effectively make it a “trade” between the two teams.
While the Packers’ running back room is crowded with Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams and new signing Corey Grant, depth is going to be important with head coach Matt LaFleur’s commitment to the ground game.
Riddick could bring something new to the Packers offense as he’s an excellent receiving running back. LaFleur wants Green Bay’s running backs to be involved as pass catchers, and that’s an area Riddick is strong.
In six years with the Lions, Riddick put up 2,238 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. And he could find similar success catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.
There are a few things working against a potential signing. As noted, the backfield is somewhat crowded currently. If the Packers go with four running backs, it could be Jones, Jamaal and Dexter Williams, and Grant. But if they decide to go with four and the fourth spot is still open, Riddick could become an option.
The other question will be the contract. Even after freeing up over $8 million by releasing Daniels, the Packers still only have $14.3 million in cap room to work with, according to Over The Cap. With potential new deals for Blake Martinez and Kenny Clark to come in the near future, the Packers need to save as much money as possible. They could also decide to roll some of that cap room over into 2020.
But if the price is right, GM Brian Gutekunst should absolutely consider making Riddick an offer. With his pass-catching ability, he could be a great addition to the Packers offense, and a perfect complement to an already talented running back room.