Buffalo Bills: 4 running backs to consider in free agency

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3. Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman is coming off a career year with the Atlanta Falcons. He rushed for 800 yards and had 276 receiving yards, finishing with nine touchdowns.

Like Ajayi, he is coming off his first contract and will only be 26 years old in 2019. Spotrac has Coleman’s projected annual value at $5 million, which is nothing to the Bills with all the cap space available.

Yet his availability may come down to whether or not another team wants him bad enough to exceed that projected value. Recent running back contracts could lead to Coleman getting well over that $5 million mark annually.

Coleman does provide a threat both in the running and receiving game, but I would hesitate to offer him a giant deal over that projected mark due to the fact he has never exceeded 800 rushing yards in a season. He had a career-high in rushes in 2018, but it is tough to imagine him as the lead back to build the offense around. At least right now.

A fit with Buffalo would come if other teams don’t value Coleman as highly as he may value himself. Or it is possible the Bills love Coleman and are one of the teams I’m describing that is willing to overpay for his services.

Cutting McCoy would free up even more money to pay Coleman and would be swapping an older back for a younger player who still has that winning experience.