[tps_title]1. Running Back[/tps_title]
Free agents: James Starks, John Kuhn, Kahlil Bell
Entering final contract year: DuJuan Harris
The Green Bay Packers will be set at running back for a while. Thanks to last year’s draft, the Packers will have Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin around through 2016.
Lacy is obviously the workhorse and should be good for 250 carries per season until his wheels fall off. Franklin didn’t get much playing time during his rookie season before ending up on injured reserve. He did have a 100-yard game against Cincinnati though and should be in line for a bigger role in 2014.
That’s because James Starks is a free agent. While Starks was a great compliment to Lacy in 2013, rushing for 493 yards, the Packers simply have no reason to re-sign him because of their depth.
In addition to Franklin, the Packers will also be getting DuJuan Harris back. Harris missed all of 2013 with a knee injury. Prior to that he had established himself as the Packers’ No. 1 back. He came into training camp carrying that designation after finishing the 2012 season strong.
Really, the only questions are how often do Franklin and Harris get to touch the ball and who’s going to be blocking for these guys?
We fully expect John Kuhn to re-sign with the Packers this offseason, so that will answer one of the questions. There might not be enough balls to go around to answer the other one.