NFL Rumors: Star RB Could Be Cut; Here are His Top 8 Landing Spots
There is a hot rumor going around that Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner will be released before the free agency period starts on March 12th. In nine seasons--the first four of which he was playing second fiddle to surefire Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson for the San Diego Chargers--his greatest year as a pro was his first year as a Falcon as he had 1,699 yards rushing on 376 carries and 17 touchdowns. This is likely due to him turning 31 years old and looked lethargic at times throughout the 2012 regular season and the playoffs. Two other reasons why Turner is likely to get cut is the emergence of running back Jacquizz Rodgers and also will receive an 8.9 million dollar salary cap hit for the 2013 season.
I have compiled the top eight teams where Turner could potentially land; some will be a surprise some will not be. The Images I chose were of the teams’ current starting running back and how lackluster they are. These are all teams that could direly use their help at halfback for one reason or another between not having an established running back or their running back isn’t good at all, or even a team just neglects the run game altogether.
Turner is a battle tested big bruising running back at 6’0" tall and 244 lbs. so he has an extremely low center of gravity and at times he is extremely hard to bring down if not impossible. Also with being 31 years old, as a wily veteran of the league, Turner has seen and heard everything that a running back could.
#8 Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts' leading rusher this years was Vick Ballard with 814 yards. This landing spot is unlikely but possible due to how many second year players this Colts team will have on offense.
#7 New York Jets
While the New York Jets did have a 1,000-yard rusher in Shonn Greene, he is an unrestricted free agent come March 12th. Also this season the Jets had only two men actually have a rushing touchdown in Green and the other was Bilal Powell. Plus the Tim Tebow experience for the Jets was a dismal failure to be kind.
#6 Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are next and they are this high on this list due to fact that they apparently are millions of dollars apart from reaching a possible deal with starter Reggie Bush. Also one of the other running backs in Daniel Thomas is seemingly always hurt so all the burden might fall onto second year running back Lamar Miller. By signing Turner, might be a cheaper solution , even if might be a single season so Miller doesn't have to carry the load by himself.
#5 Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are next on this list due to the fact they have been doing a running back by committee, especially when starter Willis McGahee injured his knee and was lost for the year. Also Peyton Manning could possibly suggest bringing him to bring some sort of stability in the running back position.
#4 San Diego Chargers
Who said you can't go home? Turner going back home would make a lot of sense since the San Diego Chargers' running back situation is horrid since former first-round pick Ryan Matthews seemingly can't ever stay healthy to save his life and he was their leading rusher this year despite only starting nine games and amassing 707 yards.
#3 New York Giants
The New York Giants are third because of the fact they cut Ahmad Bradshaw loose earlier this week and now second-year running back David Wilson has had issues with ball security and it almost makes too much sense if Bradshaw doesn't come back at a reduced rate.
#2 St. Louis Rams
This one is a big mystery since it's unknown what the future holds for running back Steven Jackson as he did break 1,000 yards rushing but it's been reported that he's considering retirement. Another problem is the fact that the St. Louis Rams only had five rushing touchdowns all year long which is horrible to say the least.
#1 Green Bay Packers
The number one team shouldn't shock anyone at all in the Green Bay Packers since it was being talked about that they had the worst rushing attack in football. If a team's leading rusher only started four games for your team and only ran for 464 yards, the team might need a stable running back.