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Looking in on the upcoming FA Running Backs for the 2012 season

With both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart recovering from varying degrees of knee problems this offseason, there has been a lot of chatter about the Vikings picking up a FA running back (or possibly drafting one) this year. I will come out and say that I am against using a draft pick on a RB this year, unless someone drastically drops in draft (I.e. if somehow Trent Richardson falls into the 2nd round). I just do not believe drafting a guy who will probably be third on the depth chart when AD and TG are fully healthy is a good use of draft picks.

I am going to list the 3 Free Agent running backs who I believe would be a good fit in the purple and gold next year as insurance against AD and even TGs injuries. These are not in a particular order

Jason Snelling – ATL :

Why is he a good fit:

Snelling would fit in here well because he is a very similar runner to AD. He likes to runner through tacklers instead of run around them. He possesses great hands and an ability to catch the ball coming out of the backfield. As a back up to Michael Turner in Atlanta, he was used mainly on passing situations, catching 100 passes for almost 800 yards and 5 TDs in the last 3 years. He is also well regarded as a very good pass protector. He will be a pretty cheap option.

Why he will leave his current team:

Snelling saw his yards and touches cut in half as the Falcons worked in rookie Jacquizz Rodgers this season, and did not have a great deal of production the few occasions he was asked to run the ball.

Likelihood of being a Viking:

I would say 40%, if the Vikings want him I see no reason why he would not sign here to be a third down back. He will also be relatively cheap after having a down year working with 2 other RBs. He is my 2nd favorite choice.

Peyton Hillis – CLE

Why is he a good fit:

Peyton Hillis is a monster running back that averages just over 4.5 yards per carry. He is a bruising power back who is able to get good yards after initial contact, which is something we desperately need with out current O-line roster. He comes from a pass-happy team, so pass-blocking and catching are nothing new for him.

Why he will leave his current team:

It has been made clear over the past year that CLE will not sign him to the long term contract that he wants.

Likelihood of being a Viking:

2.5%. Even though he had a down year last year and missed a lot of time, he still wants a good chunk of money. I do not see the Vikings tying up that much money in a running back when they have their 100 million dollar man and will have to decide what/if to pay TG in a couple years.

Mike Tolbert – SD

Why is he a good fit:

He was San Diego's 2011 Special Teams Player of the Year. Tolbert is also a bowling-ball short-yardage runner and one of the league's top pass-protecting backs. He can run well and he is even better as a receiver out of the backfield catching 54 passes for 443 yards last season. He has worked in a RBBC approach before and would work well spelling AD. He is the best all around option for a FA RB that is out there.

Why he will leave his current team:

“The Union-Tribune San Diego considers free agent Mike Tolbert "likely" to leave the Chargers in free agency”, due to Salary Cap issues for the charges and that they have more pressing needs with two other RBs on the roster.

Likelihood of being a Viking:

30%. If the Vikings pursue him they will probably have to pay some decent money to get him and again, they may not be willing to spend that much on the RB position with two other good RBs on the roster. I hope they do. He would be great as a 3rd down pass catching RB and a pass blocker. It has been shown that Toby and AD are not the best in those areas, yet he excels at them.

Please add any other RBs you would like to see in Purple and Gold next year and comment on these guys.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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