Posted Wed Mar 13th by Jon Heath
And the free agent running backs are starting to go off the market.
Among running backs, Mendenhall was believed to be the most likely candidate to land with the Broncos, who are expected to announce several signings today. Denver currently has four RBs—Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, and Lance Ball—on the roster, but one (or both of) McGahee and Moreno are expected to be axed this spring.
With Bush and Mendenhall off the market, Steven Jackson now becomes the top free agent RB still available. Jackson has drawn a lot of interest from the Packers, but Denver has not reportedly targeted the 29-year old RB—yet.
Last season, McGahee led the team with 731 yards and four scores on the ground (while also fumbling four times and missing the final six games of the season due to injury). Jackson rushed for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns with the Rams in 2012, his eighth consecutive 1K season.
Denver has been linked to eight free agents and have already signed former Chargers offensive guard Louis Vasquez to a four-year deal and re-signed defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to a two-year deal on Tuesday.