The Denver Broncos have a dilemma. Or maybe not a dilemma, as the definition indicates that a decision must be made. Elway and Co. don’t have to decide between RBs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, but they should.
Here is why:
Both Lindsay and Freeman are still on their rookie contracts. And while naturally, the organization might want to roll with them moving forward, the window of opportunity for trade value is closing quickly. The worth of NFL running backs has diminished over the years, and it’s not getting any easier for superstars to land big contracts.
The Broncos are in rebuild mode, whether they believe so or not, and soon they will need to extend one of these two backs. They are both currently in the second year of their four-year rookie deals, and despite Freeman winning the draft capital battle, Lindsay looks to be the starter.
Insert the Titans here. Depth is an issue behind RB Derrick Henry, especially when it comes to a back that can catch the ball out of the backfield.
RB Dion Lewis has been a colossal disappointment, and Freeman would offer a better runner to backup Henry and give you some pass-catching ability. Not to mention, if Henry were to leave in free agency, Freeman would be a perfect fit as the Titans’ early-down back.
Check-out the clip above, and if you can honestly say that Lewis has shown vision and burst like Freeman does there, I’ll eat my words. That play is dead as soon as he hits the edge.
Let me upgrade ‘ya.