49ers RB Carlos Hyde down to 220 pounds
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said running back Carlos Hyde has trimmed down to around 220 pounds so far this offseason, according to the Sacramento Bee

Hyde was listed at 235 pounds during the 2014 season, which would mean Hyde has lost somewhere int he area of 15 pounds. Baalke said that Hyde hasn't been in the 220 range since his early days in college at Ohio State and that he's looking "extremely good."

Hyde will compete with Reggie Bush for starting tailback duties this preseason, though both should contribute quite a bit in the 49ers' backfield. Bush, 30, was signed by the 49ers after the Lions released him this offseason. 

Chiefs RB Charles seeking to stay healthy, play six more years
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Chiefs standout running back Jamaal Charles told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that he plans to retire at the age of 35 after six more seasons on the field.

Charles, who has played seven years in the NFL, will likely need to avoid the injuries he sustained in 2014 to reach that goal. Though he exceeded 1,000 yards rushing again and averaged an impressive 5.0 YPC, he admitted that a variety of ailments made it difficult on him. But he believes his mindset during games will keep him healthy.

"I'm definitely not going to take as many big hits as I did last year," he said. "I took the biggest hits last year. Normally, I try to get out of bounds or get down. I'm never g9ing to try to take anybody on, be a tough guy.

"I'm going to think about my career, how I can help my team win. I'm not going to try to go out there and prove a point."

Report: Raiders among teams interested in RB Peterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was reinstated by the NFL on Thursday after serving out a suspension for abusing his four-year-old son, could wind up in Oakland via trade, according to Bleacher Report.

Citing comments from two general managers, Bleacher Report is claiming that Dallas is the frontrunner to land Peterson, but that the Cardinals and Raiders are also possibilities. One GM, however, added that Peterson's $12.75 million salary is "an anchor around [his] neck. Few teams will be willing to take him, at his age, with that salary."

The 30-year-old Peterson had shown little sign of slowing down before the suspension. He managed his sixth 1,000-yard season and seventh straight 10-touchdown campaign in 2013.

Saints RB Spiller speaks of frustration about last years with Bills
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Saints running back C.J. Spiller spoke of frustration at a lack of playing time with the Bills upon coach Doug Marrone's arrival, as well as optimism about his role with his new team.

Marrone didn't believe Spiller hit holes hard enough and felt the back lost yards trying to dance around in the backfield making a big play that wasn't there, according to the Buffalo News. When the Bills broke huddle in the red zone, he was generally on the sideline - and as far away from Marrone as possible.

"It was frustrating," Spiller told the News. "I'm not going to sit here and say I was happy about the situation because I would be lying. ... Like any competitor, you want to be on the field, trying to help your team win, trying to score touchdowns. 

Spiller beleives he will receive a greater opportunity with the Saints, not only as a runner but as a pass receiver as well.

"I'm excited to get down to New Orleans," he said. "Coach (Sean) Payton knows how to get the ball to the running backs. ... At the same time, Drew (Brees) isn't going to force anything downfield, so he loves getting the backs involved in the passing game."

Video shows RB Chris Johnson working out again
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Veteran running back Chris Johnson, who was shot in the shoulder earlier in the offseason, is back working out, a TMZ video has revealed. He is shown doing sprints and pumping his arm to show that the bullet wound is no longer bothering him.

The 29-year-old Johnson is seeking employment as a free agent after a poor season with the Jets in which he rushed for less than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. He finished with 663 yards on 155 carries for a 4.3 YPC average.

NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson effective Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated by the NFL effective Friday.

That news came courtesy of a letter released by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who emphasized that his return requires compliance to an "ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors." It added that any violation of the program could result in his suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.

Peterson was suspended without pay in mid-November for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy through physical abuse of his four-year-old son. He pled no contest to assault charges in a Texas state court.

The perennial All-Pro has racked up 10,190 career rushing yards and posted a 5.0 YPC average. Rumors have persisted that he could be traded, though Vikings center John Sullivan recently stated that he and his teammates strongly prefer that he remains with Minnesota. 

"We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings," the Vikings said in a team statement.

Bills RB Fred Jackson vows to battle for starting job
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The assumption is that newly acquired stud running back LeSean McCoy is set to start for the Bills in 2015. But one man refuses to take that for granted.

That man is Fred Jackson.

The veteran back knows that McCoy is getting the big money. He understands that at 34 years old, the Bills might be looking to phase him out. But he vows not to go down without a fight.

"I know they want [McCoy] to be the 'bell cow.'" McCoy told the Buffalo News. "They want him to take the majority of the load. But I'm not going to make it easy for him. I'm not going to just hand it to him and say, 'Here's the job.'"

Jackson, along more recently with C.J. Spiller, had served as the Bills' featured back for eight years. But he is coming off a season in which a groin-muscle tear reduced his effectiveness. Jackson rushed for just 525 yards last year and a career-low 3.7 YPC.

Chiefs RB Charles admits to feeling frustrated in 2014
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Superstar running back Jamaal Charles didn't perform to his lofty standards for the Chiefs in 2014, but he feels that the blame can be placed squarely on injuries.

So when Charles told ESPN that his "body has healed up" and that he "feels good," it could be bad news for NFL defenses in 2015.

"I was frustrated more last season as I've ever been because of all those injuries," Charles said. "I was frustrated because I didn't feel my body was right the whole season. But I battled through that time. That's all I could do. I felt like I was in a fight and I had to respond. I had 12 weeks to finish the season and if felt to me like I had 12 rounds to go."

Charles suffered through several physical problems last year, including issues with his ankle, foot, back, shoulder, knee and hamstring. Yet despite a lack of practice time and being listed on the injury report for nine of 16 games, he still averaged 5.0 YPC, exceeded 1,000 yards rushing for the fifth time in six seasons and scored nine touchdowns.

Jets make official signing of RB Stevan Ridley
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Running back Stevan Ridley has officially agreed to terms with the Jets, the team has confirmed, per NJ.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. He joins a crowded backfield that includes Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory and Daryl Richardson.

Ridley, who tore his ACL last October, managed two 100-yard performances for New England before getting sidelined. He peaked in 2012 with 1,263 yards on 290 carries.

Report: Bears RB Matt Forte skips voluntary workout, wants new deal
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Though the Bears' have started voluntary workouts, one notable offensive star decided not to show.

Bears running back Matt Forte did not participate in the team's first workout on Monday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The Bears met Monday for a team meeting and a strength and conditioning session. Forte has reportedly told the Bears he would like a new deal. 

$100,000 of Forte's $8.2 million owed in 2014 is part of a workout bonus. Forte could lose that $100,000 if he doesn't attend 85 percent of the voluntary workouts, according to the Tribune story. Forte is entering the final year of his contract. 

Forte confirmed he missed Monday's workout on his personal Twitter account.

"Relax everybody... It's called voluntary W/O for a reason," Forte wrote. "I've always been there especially when it counts!"

Forte has been with the Bears his entire seven-year career. In 2014, he ran for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns and accounted for 808 receiving yards and four additional touchdowns. 

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