Gerhart isn't a game-changing running back, and if you're going to pay for one why not get someone with upside. Gerhart doesn't have blazing speed or the ability to make people miss. He's not going to excel in the passing game. And Jacksonville's not going to give him the chance for many touchdowns.
If Jacksonville waited until the second week of free agency they might have been able to land a desperate veteran cast-off with more ability. But spending money on Gerhart makes little sense.
Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson will still get touches, and Gerhart's Fantasy value will be a flex option at best. We'll see what he can do with a bigger opportunity now that he's out of Adrian Peterson's shadow, and Gerhart does have five games with double digits in Fantasy points in the six games he's gotten double digits in carries over the past three seasons.
I just don't understand the move to sign him so early in the process. We'll see how it plays out, but he's not someone I want on my Fantasy team in 2014 outside of a late-round pick.
"The good thing is none of the teams I'm told they're talking to are terrible. It's more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today."
Don't expect Sproles to get his wish. If the Saints can get something for him, they will.
The Chargers seemingly did this to secure depth at the position and to safeguard against not having a back in case Ryan Mathews and/or Danny Woodhead leave via free agency next offseason. They also picked up a back who can do anything Mathews or Woodhead does -- Brown is a good runner and receiver.
The feeling here is that Mathews will remain the primary rusher for the Chargers. The team went 6-0 in games he had at least 20 carries (8-2 in games where he had at least 16 carries), a stat the coaches will have a hard time ignoring. Brown could keep Mathews from 24-plus carry games like he had toward the end of last season but we'll still see Mathews dominate. Brown should also reduce Woodhead's touches, particularly after he faded down the stretch last season.
But even with this piecemeal workload from Mathews and Woodhead, it's tough to envision Brown getting enough work to be the same kind of helpful Fantasy rusher he was last year. I might take him with a mid-round pick.
Thomas is now signed through 2016.
The report says "Cleveland is the spot that's the leader to land him. ... They've wanted him."
Tate, who has spent the first four years of his career with the Texans, is an unrestricted free agent.
As of now the primary rushing job in Jacksonville is wide open. Jordan Todman should be part of the crew and Denard Robinson might be given a chance to shine. But the Jaguars' decision to overpay for Gerhart ($4.5 guaranteed was too much) hints at just how much they value him and want him. It should lead to opportunities to at least work on early rush downs and short-yardage/goal-line situations.
Gerhart enters the fray for me as a mid- to late-round running back pick up. I fully expect Jacksonville to draft another back and push Gerhart to a 10-touch per game role. That's why he's not going to go any higher. Expect him to begin the season on your bench.
Brown emerged as the team's primary back in the second half of last season, finishing with a career-best 5.3 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns. Brown rushed for 537 yards on 102 carries and added 214 yards on 27 catches, the latter of which are both career-highs.
Brown will have to fight for playing time yet again, joining a crowded backfield that already features Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.
Gerhart has started just six games in his four-year career, but does carry a yards per carry average of 4.7 on 276 attempts. With Maurice Jones-Drew likely out the door, Gerhart could step into the starting lineup for the Jaguars.
Bradshaw's season ended after the third week, when he suffered a neck injury that would eventually require surgery. Bradshaw was the team's most productive back at the time, finishing with 186 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries prior to the injury.