Running backs lose again.
It just isn’t a great time to be a running back in the NFL.
You have Austin Ekeler signing his contract for $6 million AAV which felt well below market value, but it turns out that he might have been signing a good deal.
As of right now the running back market is at a standstill with Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman being cut, while Melvin Gordon looks around for people to match what the L.A. Chargers offered him in free agency.
The fact is that teams just aren’t ready to pay running backs now and it would be surprising if all of the starting caliber RBs are on a roster when the draft starts. Instead, I suspect a few of them to wait it out and see if they can get a better offer during or after the draft.
This is important to Titans fans because hopefully Derrick Henry sees this and he and the Titans can agree on a long term deal that doesn’t carry a lot of risk, but allows Henry to be paid like one of the best running backs in the NFL.
I don’t think a decision on that will come soon because I believe that Henry’s agent and the Titans will want to know exactly what RBs on the market are willing to accept first. However, once that domino falls they have a chance to get something done.