I'm not sold yet on Anthony Allen.
In all likelihood, he's probably a very good running back who is going to eventually become a reliable backup to Ray Rice and maybe even an NFL starter. I get that Ozzie Newsome usually knows what he's doing with these kinds of moves so there must be a good reason why Allen is currently slated to be the Ravens' backup running back.
Still, I don't understand why Baltimore hasn't brought in a proven veteran running back to contend for the backup role.
Ever since Rice broke out as a star running back, part of the reason he has thrived has been the good backup support from proven veteran running backs like Willis McGahee and Ricky Williams. There are still some running backs available in free agency that would fit the bill as reliable runners that could spell Rice or even start if he were to get hurt.
Someone like Cedric Benson or Ryan Grant could be a great pickup, especially as the months go by and they begin to grow more desperate. They could sign on for backup money and, at the very least, give Allen some competition for the backup spot.
Benson has topped 1,000 yards rushing the last three seasons and Grant is only a few seasons removed from being the primary ball-carrier in Green Bay. The potential for greatness still exists in both players.
Another intriguing option would be LaDainian Tomlinson, who recently left the New York Jets.
One of the greatest running backs of all time in his prime, Tomlinson has admittedly fallen off considerably. But at 33 years old, his price tag will be cheaper and he could definitely fill Williams' role from last season plus give Flacco another reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield.