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NFL Rumors: Possible Running Back Options For The Redskins

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan addressed the teams running back situation during an appearance on Comcast SportsNet’s “Redskins Nation,” via Redskins.com. Shanahan mentioned that both he and his father are big fans of RB Ryan Torrain but also pointed out that his style of running makes it necessary to have other backs that can contribute.

“His problem has always been staying healthy,” said Shanahan. “This was his first year he didn’t have a major injury, but again he could not put together a string of more than three games.”

Washington currently has Keiland Williams on their roster after they chose to move without Clinton Portis a few weeks ago. Mike Shanahan is notorious for having a number of running backs on his teams so there really is little doubt that the Redskins will be looking to make an addition. The real question will be whether or not they plan to look for a feature back or someone that they can use as part of a tandem.

RB Options

The 2011 free agent running back class has some interesting names that could be considered as possible options for the Redskins. Considering that the they have bruising back in Ryan Torrain, the logical choice would be someone that gives them more versatility and can be effective in the passing game.

One name that stands out as a decent fit would be Cadillac Williams who has been a solid receiver out of the backfield for the Buccaneers throughout his career in Tampa Bay. He’s averaged over six yards per-catch in each of the last three years and saw his total catches nearly double in 2010 from 28 to 46.  There are injury concerns with Williams but his mileage is limited for a player at his age and could be a good value on the open market.

Other speculative options would include: Tim Hightower (ARI), Brian Westbrook (SF), Darren Sproles (SD), Michael Bush (OAK) and Kevin Smith (DET)