For the first time in Deuce Mcallister's career, he is a free agent. Deuce has spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Mcallister is currently still a free agent and is probably one of the best short yardage backs left. His leadership could be used in a couple of locker rooms. This is my list of the top three possible destinations for Deuce Mcallister.
No. 1: The Cincinatti Bengals
The Bengals were ranked 29th in the league in rushing. They've done a lot to improve their team, but have yet to address the running back position this offseason. Their current leader in rushing yards is Cedric Benson, who ran for 747 yards with two rushing touchdowns and a 3.5 average.
Deuce Mcallister is an upgrade over Benson in finding the endzone with five rushing touchdowns. Mcallister could also help keep Carson Palmer off the injured list and would help the offense keep opposing defenses modest in 2009.
No. 2: The Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks underachieved in the 2009 season. With Matt Hassellbeck coming back off an injury, the Seahawks would also be a team who doesn't want their quarterback to get injured and handing the ball off some more might help them out.
The Seahawks were ranked 19th in the league in rushing and have not been the same on the ground since the departure of Shaun Alexander. I am aware that running back Julius Jones had a pretty solid season last year rushing for 698 yards with a 4.4 average, but he only found the endzone twice.
Deuce Mcallister could be a solid compliment to Julius Jones and could be the official goal line back for the Seahawks.
No. 3: The Houston Texans
Yes, I said it, the Houston Texans. The Texans already have a great running back in Steve Slaton, but they could very well use the inside presence of a Deuce Mcallister. Steve Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards with nine rushing touchdowns with a 4.8 average. Mcallister could very well complement Slaton the same way he and Reggie Bush worked so well together in 2006.
Don't forget, during the free agency, the Texans were looking for an upgrade in the goal line back to complement the small speedy Steve Slaton.
This is just my prediction on where the "DEUCE!" could land in 2009. I would not be shocked to see him return to the New Orleans Saints to finish out his career.
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