The NFL free agency market opens soon and the Cleveland Browns should target these three running backs
When you have Nick Chubb leading the charge at running back, you already have an advantage. The Cleveland Browns have this luxury and have benefitted from Chubb's excellent career already. While that's the good news for Cleveland, they have some issues with the rest of the running back room that will need to be addressed before the 2023 season begins.
The biggest stories this offseason for the Browns involve two of their running backs Kareem Hunt and D'Ernest Johnson. Both are free agents and are likely moving on. This leaves Cleveland with Chubb, Jerome Ford, who was drafted last season, and Demetric Felton as the main players in the backfield.
This will have the Browns searching for a couple of new running backs, either via free agency or in the upcoming draft. If they go the free agency route, there are several very good players that could step in as a backup and wouldn't cost too much either. Let's take a look at a few of these potential candidates.
3 Free agents running backs Cleveland Browns should target
No. 3: Raheem Mostert
Raheem Mostert had the most success in his career when he played for the San Fransisco 49ers from 2016-2021. He joined the Miami Dolphins last season as a free agent and is available again this year following a strong showing in Miami.
If Cleveland would pursue Mostert, it would be a bit of a homecoming for him since he started his career in Cleveland back in 2015. You may not remember this as he came to the Browns at the tail end of that year and was used as the kick returner. He returned 12 kicks for 309 yards. He was then released the following September prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.
His career was slow to take off, but it got churning in the right direction by 2019 when he played for the 49ers. He was used in the run-and-passing game that season, as he finished with 772 yards on 137 carries and eight touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 180 yards and two more scores. He saved his best for last that season, as he ran wild in the NFC Championship Game, going for 220 yards on 29 carries and a whopping four touchdowns in the win against the Green Bay Packers.
Fast forward to this past season with the Dolphins and he carried the ball 181 times for 891 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a career-high 31 receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
If Mostert were to come to Cleveland, he would complement the Browns Nick Chubb's running style similar to the way Kareem Hunt has these last few seasons. Mostert wouldn't cost the Browns much either, maybe a couple million per season, if they went after him when free agency opens in a couple of weeks.