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Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars)
Since entering the league in 2006, only four running backs have more carries (playoffs included) than Maurice Jones-Drew, according to Pro Football Reference. In that same time, only Adrian Peterson (91) and LaDainian Tomlinson (79) have more rushing touchdowns (playoffs included) than Jones-Drew (69).
He has been a productive and consistent back in eight seasons, but he has played on some bad Jaguars teams of late and has seen his production suffer over the past two seasons. He missed 10 games with a Lisfranc injury in 2012 and rushed for only 803 yards on 234 carries (3.4 yards per carry) last season.
He tallied those numbers after a three-year period when he averaged 1,440 yards and nine touchdowns per season, including leading the NFL with 1,606 yards in 2011 as an All-Pro selection.
Career Status: Starter potential with ability to split time with younger, sprier back
Possible Fits: Bears, Browns, Packers, Raiders, Texans
Ben Tate (Texans)
A former second-round pick out of Auburn, Ben Tate had the pleasure of running behind one of the best run-blocking offensive lines in the league with the Texans. The downside—and upside, depending on how you look at it—was that of 40 games played, he started only nine as Arian Foster’s backup.
Tate should be set for a decent payday, and when he gets where he’s going via free agency, he will start for the foreseeable future. He’s a talent and a threat to any defense, as shown by his respectable 5.33 carries per missed tackle forced in his career. (Foster has averaged 11.74 carries per missed tackle forced.)
Career Status: Starter with bell-cow back potential
Possible Fits: Browns, Falcons, Jets, Giants