The NFL Running Back Dilemma Pt. 2 — Washington Football Team vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers from FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, November 14th, 2021 (All-Pro Reels Photography)

The NFL has a handful of top running backs either holding out from their team or who remain unsigned. Teams just don’t value running backs like they used to, which we highlighted in part one of this ongoing dilemma.

Running Back Hold Out Updates

Saquon Barkley ended his holdout as he agreed to a deal with the Giants that was slightly better than the franchise tag deal he had before. Still Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Taylor remain strong on their holdouts from their respective teams. These are two of the best backs in the league as each has led the league in rushing yards for a season. Tony Pollard has agreed to join the Cowboys and end his holdout as well.

Star Running Backs Who are Teamless

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There are a slew of running backs that we highlighted in our top-unsigned-players article who cannot find a team to offer them a decent deal. We saw the Colts sign running back Kenyan Drake this past week after Zack Moss went down with an injury and with Taylor still holding out. Obviously it was on a minimum deal that unsigned running backs like Ezekiel Elliot, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, and Leonard Fournette would not take.

These elite running backs may not be in their prime anymore but still have a lot to offer a team, if they are ever signed.

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