The Cleveland Browns lost starting running back Isaiah Crowell in free agency, here are some potential replacements they could consider
Even though they showed no signs of wanting to bring him back, the Cleveland Browns now have a hole in their roster thanks to the departure of Isaiah Crowell in free agency. The former starting running back took a deal with the New York Jets, and now the Browns have to find someone to share the backfield with Duke Johnson.
Johnson is surely a talented player, but has excelled more as a pass catcher for the Browns than a traditional running back. While more of the load can fall on his shoulders going forward, Cleveland wouldn’t be wrong to add some veteran depth — if for nothing more than competition’s sake.
Here’s a look at a few guys who are available, but shouldn’t break the bank in free agency.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was a former first-round pick back in 2012 and broke out early in his career with 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie. He had a couple injury-marred seasons after that before a resurgent 2015 earned him a new deal.
Martin never finished his contract and was cut two seasons into the five-year contract. Now a free agent, the shine has worn off the running back formerly known as the “muscle hamster,” which could be good for any interested teams. Martin would come in on the cheap, meaning if he can’t hold his own, he could be let go with minimal sting against the cap.