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Big-name NFL running backs remain on the open market as preseason begins

The NFL preseason has already started with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns participating in the annual Hall of Fame game last Thursday, but the rest of the league is preparing to kick off their 2023 preseason this weekend.

With the preseason rolling around, the evidence that some players/positions aren’t as valued as others is certainly evident. No position group feels more disrespected than NFL running backs. Let’s take a look at some of the big-name running backs who are without a football home as preseason football around the league prepares to kick off.

Kareem Hunt

Hunt was rumored to be headed to the New Orleans Saints, but has recently been linked to joining the Indianapolis Colts. At least for Hunt, there are teams who seem to want him on their roster.

Ezekiel Elliott

Like Hunt, Elliott has had some interest, and that lone visit was with the New England Patriots. There have been some rumblings of a potential return to the Dallas Cowboys, but it seems like just rumors at this stage.

Dalvin Cook

Cook has visited with several teams, including the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, but hasn’t decided where he is wanted, or wants to play. At one point all signs indicated him going to the New York, but he remains on the open market.

Leonard Fournette

Unlike the aforementioned running backs, there hasn’t been a ton of interest in Fournette. Most assume he will simply return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that has yet to be made official.


There are other running backs on the market with plenty of experience, players like Mark Ingram and Giovanni Bernard, but the fact remains many of these players will have to hope for an opening, likely due to injury, before they get a phone call.

Something else to remember is that some of these veteran running backs might be waiting for the training camp process to wind down before they make their decision. At this stage of their careers, the thought of constant hitting in the heat is something they’d likely pass on without hesitation. When training camp is coming to a close, you might see more of these players sign with a team as they prepare for meaningful games.


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