Kizsla vs. Gabriel: Should the Broncos spend big on a running back in free agency?

Kiz: At the risk of irking Jim Brown or Emmitt Smith, conventional wisdom now states the best way for an NFL team to get in trouble is to overspend on a running back. Yes, running backs are a dime a dozen. And break easily. But I wouldn’t bet on Javonte Williams recovering from his knee injury to be anywhere near 100% when the Broncos open the season, and Denver needs to take a large chunk of the offensive burden off quarterback Russell Wilson. So what should the Broncos do at running back in free agency?

Gabriel: They’re going to have to do something, I think that much is safe to say. In fact, George Paton said it himself at the NFL Combine earlier this month. What that looks like, though, is indeed an interesting question. One natural fit is Latavius Murray, given that he was apparently texting Sean Payton about coming to Denver before Nathaniel Hackett was even fired. The free agent crop could have been absolutely loaded, but diluted predictably in the last week with Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs and Tony Pollard all getting franchise tagged. But there are still a bunch of good options out there.

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Kiz: Murray is a good dude, and he played good football for the Broncos. I’d like to see him back on the team, but probably not as the No. 1 back at age 33. With a shortage of draft picks and many other roster holes to fill, do the Broncos really want to rely on a rookie taken in the later rounds to carry the rock? I like Philadelphia’s Miles Sanders, who gained 1,347 yards from scrimmage for the NFC champs. But the bidding for Sanders probably starts at $7 million per year. Is he worth it?

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Source:: The Denver Post

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