The Philadelphia Eagles recently inked All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy to a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the franchise through the 2016 season.
The backup running back position still needs to be filled though, and I don’t think too many Eagles fans are confident with Dion Lewis filling the void. The other main candidates are Chris Polk and Bryce Brown, each of whom went undrafted back in April but could make a big impact on the team this coming season.
The New England Patriots released former Pro Bowl running back Joseph Addai just two months after they signed him, prompting speculation as to whether Addai would fit well on the Eagles. Apparently the Eagles had expressed interest in Addai before the Patriots signed him, and they have the option now of bringing him in for a tryout to see what he has.
Addai has played for the Indianapolis Colts all six years of his career after the team spent a first-round pick on him back in 2006. He rushed for over 1,000 yards as a rookie, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and helping the Colts win the Super Bowl over the Chicago Bears, and followed that up with a Pro Bowl season in 2007, topping 1,000 yards once again while scoring a career-high 12 ground touchdowns.
Addai’s play slipped off in subsequent years, although he had a big game in the 2009 Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints, rushing for 77 yards again while catching seven passes for 58 yards.
Addai was released this past offseason after totaling just 433 rushing yards and one touchdown on 3.7 yards per carry. He is still just 29 years old and he has just barely 1,000 NFL carries, so there’s still the chance he could offer an impact on the ’12 Eagles.
If Bill Belichick—the coach that stores away 30-year old running backs like it’s his job—doesn’t want Addai, he probably doesn’t have much to offer at this point in his career.