Next to the quarterback, no player drives an offense like a running back. If your team has a good running game, then it usually finds itself in the playoffs, or at the very least in the playoff hunt up until the bitter end.
A good running game opens up the passing game, and once you have the lead in the fourth quarter, a good running game can chew up the clock and not give the other team enough time to mount an effective comeback.
Like most years, there are a lot of free agent running backs hitting the market. Here are the top 15 running backs available for teams once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
*Note: Arian Foster is an exclusive-rights free agent, so he's stuck with the Texans and won't be on this list.