Bears 2016 Free Agent Options: Running Back

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Potential Bargains

Lance Dunbar – Was on pace for over 800 receiving yards before getting hurt after week 4 of the season. Dunbar proved he could be a dangerous third down back and receiver out of the backfield. The Bears could use a change of pace back and Dunbar’s injury last year should keep his price in the $1-$2 million range.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Bears – Only played in five games for the Bears last season but proved to be a good pass blocker, reliable receiver, and surprisingly tough inside runner for a diminutive back. It shouldn’t cost much more than the veteran minimum for the Bears to keep Rodgers around in 2016.

Travis Cadet, Saints – A 3rd down back who has more catches (62) than carries (22) in his four year NFL career. Cadet bounced between three teams last season but averaged over 12 yards per catch when given a chance to play. Cadet also contributes on special teams and would be a cost-effective depth option.

Chris Polk, Texans – Bigger back (222 pounds) who has yet to get much of a chance in the NFL. I’ve been high on Polk since coming out of Washington in 2012 and think he has the size / speed combo to be an effective NFL back. Polk also has good hands out of the backfield, but needs to improve his pass pro skill to have a chance to see snaps on offense.