Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: Backup running backs to target in free agency

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Running back Gus Edwards #35 of the Baltimore Ravens runs against linebacker Tae Crowder #48 of the New York Giants during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Running back Gus Edwards #35 of the Baltimore Ravens runs against linebacker Tae Crowder #48 of the New York Giants during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The start of NFL free agency is a couple of weeks away, March 17th to be exact. The chaos and frenzy of players landing big contracts and/or changing teams will be flooding the headlines. Following the start of free agency will be the 2021 NFL Draft. The next wave of superstars will be entering the NFL, led by wunderkind Trevor Lawrence.

The LA Chargers have their needs that need filling. Some upgrades along the offensive and defensive line, possibly needing a new starting tight end depending on Hunter Henry’s free agency. Unlike most teams, a franchise quarterback is not on the list. Neither is starting wide receivers or running back.

As previously mentioned, the team has bigger, more pressing needs. But there is a need the Chargers might consider filling: adding more depth behind Austin Ekeler.

The Chargers ended 2020 ranking 18th in team rushing with 1,784 yards. Unless the Chargers spend a late-round pick on a running back, the only other option is to sign a veteran running back for cheap.

Here are cheap backup running backs that the LA Chargers could target:

One Trick Ponies – Strongly suited for rushing only

Carlos Hyde (31) – A reoccurring visitor on the free-agent market. He’s only 2 years removed from rushing for 1,000 yards. Not much of a receiving back but can catch passes out of the backfield adequately.

Malcolm Brown (28) – Brown probably wouldn’t have to move it at all, depending on where he currently lives. This past year with the Rams he showed off his pass-catching abilities, but this is probably more because Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson missing time. Brown is a big back that can be a force on the goal line and/or short yardage.

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