It’s clear that the Detroit Lions are still looking to upgrade their running back position. Not only did the Lions sign sign Malcolm Brown to a restricted free agent tender, but they also hosted Spencer Ware for a visit last week.
Both head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have said that they don’t really plan on working Kerryon Johnson like a bell-cow back, hoping to keep him fresh for the entirety of his Lions career.
And while most of free agency has dried up so far, the running back market still has some noteworthy names in it. Ware remains unsigned, as does C.J. Anderson, T.J. Yeldon, and Jay Ajayi.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which free agent running back would you like the Lions to sign?
My answer: I still think Spencer Ware is the best option out there. The man can do just about everything from the position: rush, catch and pass block. He’s a potential replacement for Theo Riddick and he’s still just 27 years old.
The fact that the Lions haven’t signed him yet tells me one of two things. Either the Lions didn’t like what they saw from his visit or Ware is currently asking for too much. The second seems more likely, seeing as Ware could potentially play on all three downs. If the Lions can wait out the market and get him at a cheaper price, I think he’s absolutely worth the investment.
That being said, if they can get Yeldon or Anderson on a cheap contract, that could be sufficient competition at the RB2 position with an efficient use of cap space.