Broncos: Free agent RBs to consider if Phillip Lindsay is let go

Denver Broncos 2021 free agency, James White. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
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Duke Johnson, Denver Broncos
Nov 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (25) makes a touchdown reception during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

7. Duke Johnson, Texans (age: 28)

Speaking of pass-catching specialists at the running back position, Duke Johnson is available after his stint with the Houston Texans.

The Texans traded a third-round pick to get Johnson when Bill O’Brien was calling the shots as the acting GM, and things didn’t quite work out the way the Texans had hoped.

At this point, it’s clear that Johnson is far more effective as a receiver than a featured runner.

8. Marlon Mack, Colts (age: 25)

Marlon Mack looked like he was well on his way to being a full-time starter and absolute stud at running back for the Colts before going down early in the 2020 season with an injury.

Coming off of injury, it’s possible he could be had for a bargain price on a prove-it deal and it would be tremendous to see the Broncos be willing to take that shot, especially if they are moving on from Phillip Lindsay.

9. Adrian Peterson, Lions (age: 36)

When George Paton joined Rick Spielman with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, their first-round pick was future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson.

Although Peterson is 36, he can still ball.

If the Broncos are just looking for a year of help at the position as they transition to 2022, Peterson would be an option.