3 free agent running backs for the Buffalo Bills after Jamaal Williams signed with Saints

D'Onta Foreman (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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D’Onta Foreman should be a top option for the Buffalo Bills

D’Onta Foreman has never been given an extended role as a starter in the NFL. Last season, he showed that even behind a suspect offensive line with a questionable offense around him he could be a solid starter. He rushed for 914 yards on 203 carries for a solid 4.5 yards per carry, adding 5 touchdowns.

Foreman is the type of large, powerful back that the Buffalo Bills ideally would like to add. At 6’0” and 235 lbs, he would compliment James Cook, adding a bruising back who has had success in short-yardage situations. At just 26 years old, he has less mileage on his legs than other running backs who are available in free agency.

The question with Foreman is health. Having suffered an Achilles tendon rupture which cost him most of the 2018 season, Foreman is one of the few football players to successfully rehab following an Achilles repair. He is trying to overcome the stigma that this type of injury is a career-ender for running backs. As such, he will likely come at a discount, which makes him potentially very attractive to the Bills who must be conscious of their salary cap situation with every addition they make this offseason.

Foreman also comes with the added benefit of being a good clubhouse presence. He has shown resiliency in his career and has been highly spoken of whether in rehab or in each of his stops in the NFL. He would fit well into the culture the Bills are building.