Buccaneers' Doug Martin, Matt Forte Top List Of Best Running Backs Entering Free Agency

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Feb 24, 2016 03:18 PM EST
Lamar Miller
Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller.

Lamar Miller: Miller will be a free agent after being grossly underutilized by the Miami Dolphins. He should be the most consistent and most productive running back of this free agent class. At only 24, Miller will likely improve in all areas: pass blocking, his vision down the field and his playmaking ability, according to FootballInsiders. Miller has only rushed for 1,000 yards once in his career and has never had double-digit touchdowns, but he has only seen 200-plus carries once in his career. Miller should find a team willing to run him into the ground for the right price.

Doug Martin: This one could go either way; Martin may re-sign with the Bucs if they agree to pay him $8 million a season, according to NFL.com. He could also hit free agency, and it will be interesting to see whether a team pays for Martin's services despite him being somewhat inconsistent for most of his career. Martin, on the other hand, is 27, which means he is the player he is going to be. That player has only played a full season for the Bucs twice and put up two duds where he rushed for less than 500 yards. This is why the Bucs are so torn at the premise of paying him big money. Martin should be on his way out the door and should see somewhat of a healthy market.

Matt Forte: The Chicago Bears just unceremoniously dumped their best player in recent memory because their backup running backs stole the show while Forte was out with a sprained MCL in 2015, according to ESPN.com. Forte should land with a contender right away and should have his typical Matt Forte season.  

Chris Ivory: Ivory just had what would be considered his breakout season, however his production throughout his career suggests that he has been underitlized in the past. Ivory has only carried the ball 200-plus times once in his career, and that was last season. He has never averaged less than 4 yards per carry, so he still should have a solid three seasons left as a starter. 

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