Saving the running backs – or at least, their market

Posted by Darren Urban on March 9, 2015 – 3:25 pm

Long-time running back Steven Jackson was cut by the Falcons and is looking for work, and in this day and age where multi-back-backfields are in vogue and few teams want to spend a lot of money on a running back, I came across this Jackson creation: The video is something else. It feels like a “Saturday Night Live” digital short. I kept waiting to hear laughter in the background.

Jackson’s point, tongue-in-cheek as it might be, still is made. It’s worth having an every-down back, in his humble opinion. It’s just that most NFL teams disagree, and certainly, even if you use a guy every down, you don’t want a lot of money sunk into that guy because his shelf life isn’t extended.

Bruce Arians said when he walked in the door in Arizona he prefers having one main back. Andre Ellington was mostly that guy last season, before he broke down. The Cardinals, meanwhile, continue to be linked with two of those high-priced, every-down backs that are (or could be) available: DeMarco Murray, who will be a free agent tomorrow, and Adrian Peterson, who for now remains locked up under a contract with the Vikings — although multiple reports suggest he could be available in trade. Peterson reportedly would choose Arizona as his preferred destination; another report suggested he’d like $25 million guaranteed in a new contract. Murray reportedly is hoping for $8 million a season.

It will be fascinating to see how this all plays out. Marshawn Lynch got more money from the Seahawks for (at least) one more season. The Cowboys supposedly don’t want to have to pay Murray the kind of money he probably can find somewhere else. As for Peterson, his trade value and his contract are gigantic logistical issues if he were to leave Minnesota. Murray and Peterson will get paid, they just might have to go somewhere they didn’t plan on going to get that money. The Cardinals are in the market for a running back and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they considered Peterson, but again, do you sink that much money into the position? In the end, maybe it shouldn’t be about saving the running back as much as saving up for one.




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13 Responses to “Saving the running backs – or at least, their market”

  1. By D on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    M. Iupati!!!!!!! Hope his pass protection comes back, he is awesome in the run game…a difference maker…

  2. By Dr. G. on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Looks like 9ers Lupati will sign with the Cardinals… 9ers imploding…!

  3. By Marlin on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply


  4. By Richard S on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Arizona Cardinals Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA. Names tossed out for Az. Cardinals draft in St. Louis Post Dispatch by Jim Thomas Post Dispatch, Mel Kiper, Tod McShay, Charles Davis, Bob Rang CBS Sports, and

  5. By Andy Kw on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    OH MY GOSH!!! Steve Keim is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First we upgrade our interior with rumored signing OG Mike Iupati and we upgraded our ILB position with the best ILB in the market in Sean Weatherspoon. Steve Keim coach of the year, I think so!!!!!!!

  6. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    With an apparent signing of an all pro LG road grader in the morning, signing Demarc or AP not ridiculous (but I doubt it, still, you never know!). Wow, so intriguing…this new front office is scary good …and exciting…so much fun to be a Cards fan. SB 2016 or nothing at all! 😉

  7. By William Barry on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    We must have OG Iupati and ILB Witherspoon—-to make our team special. Go BA and Steve Keim!!!!

  8. By JMB on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    I would love to see Jackson in a Cards uniform this year, for the right price! What tandem, Ellington and Jackson!

  9. By jason on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Um, Andy Kw… do know Steve Keim is the GM, right?!? It would be a impressive feat to win the coach of the year.

  10. By Craig on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    If we are considering signing Peterson why not just bring back Dwyer? He is effective and powerful and will benefit just like Ellington behind an improved line. We could get him for much less money and have plenty left for Oakland’s center, Worilds, Orakpo or Cole.

  11. By Coach K on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    We cannot take Peterson at his age for big dollars. If you want to do that, then take Gordon. Or, wait until the middle rounds and take Cobb. Cobb is very similar to Dwyer in style and size.

  12. By nate on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    We need to trade Peterson for Peterson!

  13. By clssylssy on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    BA loves an every down back…who doesn’t, but how many Marshawns are there in the NFL these days? We’ve certainly seen that Ellington is too fly weight to be
    “that guy” but in a rotational system (which is what most teams are forced to go with these days) he might survive with a Steven Jackson as the pounder. BA’s man crush on Ellington didn’t help us last year and we didn’t get a chance to see how talented Stephan Taylor or the others were until it was nearly too late when AE wemt down. Jackson is tough, has beastmode in his blood and would fit into what BA wants to do with Ellington without costing the farm. I’d love to get Peterson but just don’t see the Cards paying big money when BA already has his guy *sigh*,(Hopefully, whoever is suppose to be in charge of “player development”
    got a wake up call last season)

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