Potential Landing Spots for NFL's Top 10 Available RBs in Free Agency, Trades

Tim Kelly
January 23, 2020 - 10:02 am

Lost in Marshawn Lynch's NFC Divisional Round postgame speech in Green Bay about taking care of "your chicken" seemed to be an acknowledgment that the 33-year-old knew that he had probably just played in his final NFL game.

Lynch has flirted with retirement on two occasions. After the 2015 season concluded, the 29-year-old announced his retirement from the NFL by posting a picture of a pair of cleats hanging up on a power line on social media. However, he returned to the NFL in 2017, signing with his hometown Oakland Raiders, who he played for in 2017 and 2018. His career again appeared to be over when he didn't play for the first 16 games of the 2019 season, only for the Seahawks, who had been crushed by injuries, to bring him back before a Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

However, while Lynch found the endzone four times in three games, he averaged just 2.23 yards per carry in the 30 rush attempts that he got in his brief return to Seattle. You never say never, but it feels likely that Lynch's career is actually over this time.

If Lynch has carried the ball for the last time in his career, it was a pretty remarkable journey. A first-round pick by the Buffalo Bills out of Cal in 2007, Lynch ran for 10,413 yards and 85 touchdowns in parts of 13 seasons. He's also the owner of one of the most iconic runs in NFL history, his "Beastquake" run in the Seahawks' upset of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card round in 2011. He also was a key contributor to the team that throttled the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, allowing the Seahawks to win their first title in franchise history.

Lynch probably won't be elected to the Hall of Fame, but he'll be remembered as one of the most popular players the league has ever seen.

Even if Lynch's career is over, there's a slew of other running backs that could become free agents or be available via trade this offseason. Here's a look at where they could wind up: