The Denver Broncos and Phillip Lindsay mutually agreed to part ways Thursday, allowing Lindsay to explore the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
Following an impressive rookie campaign totaling more than 1,000 yards in 2018, Denver never seemed sold on the former undrafted back, a notion solidified by the signing of Melvin Gordon last offseason to become the featured ball-carrier in Denver’s offense.
As we enter the second day of the new league year, the overall market has been a slow-developing one thus far for ball-carriers. Only Jamaal Williams, the former Packers ‘back who agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions, represents the headline signing in a rather deep running back class with plenty of veteran talent available. Lindsay now joins the likes of Chris Carson, Todd Gurley, Kenyan Drake, Leonard Fournette, James White, and Le’Veon Bell, all of whom are without contracts.
So with that, here are three teams that could offer a change of scenery for Lindsay, who at just 26 years old is entering his prime with much to prove on the heels of a faltered relationship in Denver.
With James Connor on the open market, the Steelers have a massive hole in the backfield—and frankly, it’s been an issue since the departure of Bell, but I digress.
Connor has failed to progress following a Pro Bowl season in 2018, totaling a notch over 1,100 yards combined the last two seasons while missing nine games due to nagging injuries. Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland currently represent Pittsburgh’s lead backs, and while things could be worse, the addition of Lindsay, who touts experience as a traditional three-down back, could represent a nice addition for Mike Tomlin’s unit clinging to Ben Roethlisberger’s coattails as he enters the final stretch of his career.
New York Jets
Frank Gore provided a nice story as he continues to chug along into what seems like his 40th NFL season, but the Jets MUST get younger at running back this year with Gore gone. With much uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position, a pressure relief valve in the form of Lindsay could provide a seamless fit into Mike LaFleur’s newly designed offense.
Whoever is under center for the Jets come Week 1, whether Sam Darnold stays in town or Robert Saleh opts for the likes of a Justin Fields or Zach Wilson, New York should not, and cannot rely single-handedly on the mystery man under center to lead them back to relevancy.
So far, Carson remains unsigned, and if Pete Carroll truly is committed to improving the Seattle run game, which in effect could keep Russell Wilson in Pacific Northwest for the foreseeable future, Lindsay should be on general manager John Schneider’s calling card.
The current band of Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer, and Deejay Dallas, well, I think you can see the point here.
Lindsay would immediately provide an RB1 threat adjacent to Wilson in the Seahawks backfield in an offense dependent upon outscoring teams due to a lackluster defense that has shown a consistent inability to provide any sort of sustained success over the last two seasons.
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