Chicago Bears: Replacements at running back if David Montgomery misses time

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Gus Edwards

The other option is the Bears could trade away a late-round pick for Gus Edwards who has fallen quite far on the Ravens depth chart. Edwards has been a solid running back in his two seasons in the NFL, but the Ravens added Mark Ingram, Justice Hill, and J.K. Dobbins all in the past two seasons. Edwards played terrifically these past two seasons, but it wasn’t enough for the Ravens.

As an undrafted free agent, Edwards didn’t see the field much in his rookie year until he made his debut in Week 6. He started actually seeing carries in Week 11 in which he ran for 115 yards on 17 carries. He averaged over 5 yards per carry that season and ran for 718 yards.

Now, exactly what the Bears would have to give up is up in the air. I don’t think he would require more than a fifth-round pick, but I think a sixth or seventh-round pick would be a reasonable trade. His contract is extremely cheap and he’s shown he can be a workhorse before.

Trades are obviously much less common, but it is still something the Bears could explore depending on the severity of the injury.

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Final Thoughts

Obviously, there are many more options out there, but these are the options that I think the Bears should explore the most. There are other solid free-agent running backs such as Isaiah Crowell, Spencer Ware, and Marshawn Lynch, but Freeman I believe is the best option. We hope the best for Montgomery and that he has a speedy recovery!