Chicago Bears must sign one of these three running backs

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Chicago Bears Rumors, Isaiah Crowell
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Isaiah Crowell

Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 2014, Isaiah Crowell has quietly had himself a productive career. He hasn’t been on the greatest teams, but he’s also never had a season with fewer than 600 rushing yards. It doesn’t seem overly impressive, but the 28-year-old has been the definition of “consistent.”

He tore his achilles back in May 2019 and is expected to be ready in plenty of time for the 2020 season. Crowell averages roughly 50 yards-per-game and has been invaluable catching the ball out of the backfield as well. Advanced stats reveal that second down is money for him, averaging a career-best 4.5 yards per attempt while average 8.9 yards per catch.

That versatility was missed from the Chicago Bears backfield last year. He’s a big dude at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, which would be the perfect complement to Montgomery. In 2018, Crowell average 4.8 yard-per-carry, which was good for eighth-best in the AFC.

Given his injury and recovery, he should come at a fairly inexpensive price tag. I think the Chicago Bears would be willing to take a one-year flyer on him to help improve the running back position.