Chris Polk
Eagles withdraw qualifying offer to RB Chris Polk
Chris Polk, RB, PHI
News: Running back Chris Polk is now a free agent. 

According to the NFL transaction wire, the Eagles rescinded their $1.6 million tender they offered this past March. The Eagles placed the tender on Polk, previously a restricted free agent, before signing both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency. 

With Darren Sproles on the roster, it didn't make much sense for Polk to stay with the Eagles. 

In 2014, Polk ran for 172 yards and four touchdowns. 


Bobby Rainey
RB Bobby Rainey signs qualifying offer with Buccaneers
Bobby Rainey, RB, TB
News: The Buccaneers have announced that running back Bobby Rainey has signed a one-year qualifying offer the team extended to him before the free agency period. He was a restricted free agent and was given an opportunity to negotiate with other teams.

Rainey will compete for playing time with Tampa Bay. He rushed for 406 yards in 2014, but faded at the end of the season with just two carries in the last six games combined.


Andre Ellington
Andre Ellington OK with Cardinals drafting another running back
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
News: If the Cardinals decide to draft a running back in one of the higher rounds, running back Andre Ellington would be OK with it. 

Ellington was a three-down back for Arizona last year that got plenty of touches in the running and passing games. But if the Cardinals use a high pick on a running back, that could cut into Ellington's touches. 

That's something that wouldn't bother Ellington. 

“It’s whatever will better our team,” Ellington told the team's website. “That’s most important. No one is going to hate any decisions. I’m sure those guys will make the best decisions to help the team. We’ll accept any guy who comes in.”

Another quality runner could help Ellington, who dealt with numerous injuries a year ago, in the long run. His season ended last December after undergoing hernia surgery. 


Branden Oliver
Chargers RB Oliver working to take game to higher level
Branden Oliver, RB, SD
News: Chargers running back Branden Oliver is not resting on his laurels after a breakout season in which he contributed 853 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and through the air combined.

"My power, strength, speed and agility am focusing on," he told the team website. "I want to get better at everything. I don't really focus on just one particular thing. I like to be well-rounded and won't limit myself to one area."

Oliver was particularly effective early in the season, rushing for 272 yards and two touchdowns during one three-game stretch. He is seeking greater consistency in 2015.

"(This year) I'm more comfortable and know the offense. Now I can just go out there and ball. I'm gelling with the guys and am more open to them because I know them better. It's really just crazy to be going into my second year already. But I feel real good."


Vick Ballard
Colts' Vick Ballard said he'll be 100 percent by training camp
Vick Ballard, RB, IND
News: Colts running back Vick Ballard said he's continued to stay on track with his recovery from a ruptured Achilles, according to

Ballard has missed just about all of the previous two seasons due to injuries. He tore his Achilles before the 2014 season and was unable to play. When training camp comes around, it will mark almost a year from when he sustained the injury. 

He said he should be good to go for the start of camp, though.

“Yeah, definitely man,” Ballard said. “Training camp is a long time from now, so truth be told, I probably could participate now, but there’s no rush. Just trying to take my time with it.”

Ballard led the Colts in rushing as a rookie in 2012 with 814 yards and two touchdowns. He only played in one game in 2013 before tearing his ACL in a practice the following week. His Achilles tear came during the 2014 preseason. 


Le'Veon Bell
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says his knee is almost completely healed
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
News: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said his injured knee is almost 100 percent recovered, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

It's been nearly five months since Bell sustained a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December. Bell finished second in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards.


Rashad Jennings
Giants RB Rashad Jennings says he's completely healthy
Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
News: After dealing with an ankle injury for most of the 2014 season, Giants running back Rashad Jennings said he is completely healthy and is not doing any rehab work, reports The Record.

With Jennings and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo entering their second season with the Giants, Jennings anticipates a more productive offense.

"Last year we installed the system," Jennings said. "This year we get to run our offense."


Taiwan Jones
Raiders move Taiwan Jones to running back
Taiwan Jones, RB, OAK
News: After spending the last two seasons as a cornerback, the Raiders will move Taiwan Jones back to running back this season, reports

Jones was drafted in 2011 as a running back out of Eastern Washington. He has been playing in the defensive back field since the 2013 season. Jones missed 15 games last season with a foot injury.


Lance Dunbar
Cowboys sign Lance Dunbar, Chris Jones to tender offers
Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
News: The Cowboys signed running back Lance Dunbar and punter Chris Jones to their restricted free agent tender offers Tuesday, reports The Dallas Morning News. The offers were for $1.542 million.

Jonathan Stewart
Panthers RB Stewart could be featured in 2015
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
News: Though Panthers coach Ron Rivera has stated he would like to continue using a two-back system, the loss of DeAngelo Williams to Pittsburgh has Jonathan Stewart as the featured back at the moment. Stewart can sense the difference.

"It's going to be weird," he told the team website. "Just coming up here today for the first team workouts and my locker buddy was gone after seven years. Obviously, it's different, but it's part of the business.

"It's a different situation with what transpired this offseason. When things like that happen, it opens opportunities for other people."

Steward seemed to earn the opportunity late last season to be featured. He rushed for 486 yards on 91 carries over the last five games.


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