While 2021 NFL free agency might have a hard time matching the hype of the 2020 period that saw names like Tom Brady change teams, it figures to be a league-altering affair in its own right…
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- Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals
- Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons
- Le’Veon Bell, Kansas City Chiefs
- Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Running back hasn’t seen massive numbers thrown around on the open market lately, and some of the biggest names, like the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon, keep getting wrapped up with extensions before they can leave.
But Kenyan Drake could be a notable exception.
Drake, 26, got in eight games with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019 and posted 643 yards and eight scores on a 5.2 yards-per-carry average. He has proved his elite status once again over 11 games this year, rushing for 768 yards and eight touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry, and that’s saying nothing of his usage in the passing game (17 catches for 93 yards).
Todd Gurley is another veteran three-down presence with plenty to offer. He’s put in 11 games with the Atlanta Falcons, quietly scoring nine touchdowns on a 3.6 yards-per-carry average with 17 catches in the passing game.
Then there’s Aaron Jones, the Green Bay Packers star with 1,000-plus yards and 16 touchdowns in 2019, never mind the career 5.1 rushing average and 35 rushing scores in 50 games.
While there are a ton of worthy names at the position, Le’Veon Bell might be one of the most notable for his possible remaining upside. He’s still only 28 years old, and teams in need might argue he never got a fair shake with the struggling New York Jets and isn’t getting a ton of looks with the Kansas City Chiefs right now.