The free agency market is ripe with talent.
There are numerous running backs with a successful track record who are expected to explore the free agency market this offseason.
Jay Ajayi, who we mentioned earlier went down with a torn ACL in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings is an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Since coming to the Eagles in 2017 via trade, Ajayi rushed for 776 yards with four touchdowns in just 14 games, including the 2017 postseason.
Ajayi is still very young, but the glaring concern among Philadelphia and other teams would be the lingering effects of a significant injury such as a torn ACL.
Without a doubt, the most elite running back to enter the free agency market this offseason is Le’Veon Bell.
If you have been living under a rock for the past season, Bell missed the entire 2018 campaign after a lengthy contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s evident Bell wants to be one of the top paid players in the league.
Signing Bell is most likely not even on Philly’s radar because as we‘ve discussed before The Birds are projected to have the least amount of salary cap space available in 2019. The Eagles currently can’t afford Bell, and they are probably unwilling to pay a running back that much money anyway.
Ingram is a powerful running back who is tough to take down. He is coming off of back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons even with sharing time alongside Alvin Kamara. Ingram’s average of 4.8 yards-per-carry within those two seasons is the second-highest in the NFL.
If the Eagles are looking for a reliable and durable back Ingram may be the answer. Aside from missing the first four games of 2018 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Ingram has not missed any other games during the past three seasons.
Additionally, throughout his career, he’s had a relatively small workload with an average of 14 touches-per-game.
Hunt was only in his sophomore season when the Chiefs released him after a disturbing video of him assaulting a female surfaced online. Hunt was immediately placed on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List where he still currently resides.
Many fans have made the argument that if any team were to give Hunt a second chance, it would be Philadelphia. After all, the Eagles were the only team to give Michael Vick a second shot at the NFL. The Eagles haven’t expressed any interest in giving Hunt a second shot as far as we know though.