Though he's just 29 years old, the former No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has settled into the journeyman phase of his career since his breakout 2012 campaign with the Bills, during which he picked up a career-high 1,244 yards on 6.0 yards per carry. Following his exit from Buffalo after the 2014 season, Spiller has had abbreviated stints with the Saints, Seahawks and Jets, finding little success at any stop. The Chiefs will likely bring Spiller to training camp with the hope that he can still offer some value as a third-down back or returner, but even if he's able to win a spot on the 53-man roster, he likely won't see enough touches to approach fantasy relevance in most leagues.
Lacy's 2016 season was brought to a halt due to a left ankle injury, the extent if which was enough to contain him to five appearances, but the Packers never revealed the nature of the ailment, other than to say he sustained more than sprain that precipitated surgery. Head coach Mike McCarthy has already mentioned that Lacy's prospects for a return to Green Bay may be contingent upon his health, so a physical could be ordered up as his unrestricted free agency approaches. If retained by the only organization he's ever known, Lacy will team with converted wideout Ty Montgomery to form a potential thunder-and-lightning RB combination.
Per Rapoport, a procedure would have been performed at this point, if specialists deemed it crucial to Bell's long-term health. Instead, Bell will focus on rehabilitating the groin injury that forced him to sit out all but 11 of the Steelers' 69 offensive snaps in the AFC championship game. In the coming days, the organization must choose whether to apply its franchise tag to Bell by March 1, work out a long-term deal by March 9, or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent after 4 PM ET on the latter date. The 25-year-old has recorded at least 1,800 total yards, 75 receptions, and nine touchdowns in two of the last three seasons, but multiple suspensions and ailments have wiped away 20 of a possible 70 games in his four-year career, so the front office may be reticent to allocate significant money to the All-Pro.
He topped 1000 yards rushing in 2015 for just the second time in his career, but his injury combined with the addition of Ezekiel Elliott prevented McFadden from making any kind of meaningful impact last year. He's a free agent this offseason, but it's not out of the question for the Cowboys to bring him back as veteran depth behind Elliott if the market for his services is soft.
Tolbert had arguably his least effective year in Carolina in 2016, averaging only 11.6 total yards per game. With younger backs Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in backup roles behind starter Jonathan Stewart, combined with the fact that Tolbert was due $1.5 million in 2017, the Panthers decided to part ways with the fullback. Tolbert will finish his career in Carolina with 19 total touchdowns over five years.
Kelley, an undrafted rookie last year, started Washington's final nine games of the season after Matt Jones failed to impress to begin the campaign. In those appearances, Kelley finished with 601 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Although a knee problem that required a small surgery this offseason slowed him toward the end of that stretch, Kelly showed enough to project as the Redskins' top tailback heading into next season. With his numbers as a starter, that role could see Kelley eclipse 1,000 yards in 2017, but he'll need to continue to prove he's the team's best option to have that opportunity.
Bernard went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, Bernard has drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll re-enter the fold before the 2017 regular season kicks off. While that would likely allow him to avoid Cincinnati's PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, Bernard is projected to maybe still need a game or two before he's fully ready to play. Overall, the possibility of missing games still exists, but Bernard is at least doing the best he can in ensuring any absence is minimized.
Handed plenty of opportunity to stick in the NFL, Richardson hasn't taken the field in season since 2014 and during preseason play since August of 2015. His woes have now extended off the field due to an alleged incident with a female in Hoover, Ala. While the legal system works itself out, there's no indication that the NFL will come calling in the short or long term.
On the mend from an unspecified injury to his left foot, Abdullah said in early January that he anticipates being ready for the start of OTAs in April. His recovery remains setback-free and it doesn't appear as if it'll be much longer until he returns to full strength. The former second-rounder showcased his progress Friday by posting a video of himself on Instagram sprinting on a treadmill. With well over a month until the start of team workouts, Abdullah certainly appears on track to be ready. Of greater concern to his 2017 outlook than a potential delay to his offseason preparation is the Lions stated intent to upgrade the running game this offseason. This doesn't necessarily imply they want to specifically add another running back, but then again GM Bob Quinn didn't rule out such a possibility either.
Stacy's professional career ends after just three seasons, including an impressive rookie campaign that saw him total over 1,000 yards and score eight times. However, after mustering just 599 yards in his subsequent 21 games and fracturing his ankle mid-way through the 2015 season, the former fifth-rounder was unable to duplicate his rookie year success, and has now called time on his career.