Redskins Free Agency Preview: Running Back

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Updated: February 12, 2014
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Today we continue a series of articles at DC Pro Sports Report, focusing on what the Washington Redskins have right now at each position and what they need or do not need at that position in free agency. Yesterday we covered Quarterback. Today, we cover Running Back. The numbers in parentheses are salary cap figures for 2014.

Alfred MorrisSTARTER: Alfred Morris [$600,775], Darrel Young [$1,383,333]

BACKUP: Roy Helu, Jr., [$1,506,563] Evan Royster [$645,000], Chris Thompson [$541,250], Jawan Jamison [$495,000], Miguel Maysonet

FREE AGENT: None

RECOMMENDATION: Very little needs to be done at this position. Morris is the straw that stirs the drink on Washington’s offense and remains one of the best bargains in the entire league. Helu is probably under-utilized and paid too much for what the team is getting for him. The Redskins could save $1,389,000 by cutting Helu this offseason, but I would rather see the team use Helu more, both as a ball-carrier and as a receiver. Helu averaged 4.4 yards per carry and rushed for four TD this past season, in addition to catching 31 passes for an 8.1 average per reception. Those are solid numbers and there is no reason the Redskins cannot use more formations that get both Morris and Helu on the field at the same time. Basically, Helu should be used properly or released.

The other running backs are probably interchangeable, with Royster offering the more experience and Thompson offering the biggest upside. None of them earn a lot of money so cutting them now doesn’t make much sense. There will be free agent running backs available in a few weeks, but the Redskins don’t need help at this position, they need to use what they have more creatively.