Bears 2016 Free Agent Options: Running Back

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Starting caliber

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos – Both of the Broncos RBs are free agents, as are most of their defense, so Hillman may be available if a team is willing to outbid cash-strapped Denver. He’s averaged 4.2 yards per carry since splitting the workload with CJ Anderson the last two season and also has 69 receptions over that stretch.

At only 25 years old and with just 452 career carries, Hillman should still have plenty of mileage left. He should be a cost-effective option as well, expected to get somewhere between $2-$3 million per season.

Hillman got his first chance to start in the league under Bears head coach John Fox and may be an ideal platoon partner with Jeremy Langford. Fox has usually deployed two running backs to split the workload and a back like Hillman with both experience and upside could split RB duties with Langford in 2016.