Cardinals need a contingency plan when they run back in 2022

The uncertain status of James Conner and Chase Edmonds requires the Arizona Cardinals to have a plan B to run back.

When it comes to the running back position, no one would accuse the Arizona Cardinals of wanting to be greedy. Both James Conner and Chase Edmonds are on the way to free hands, but the team and its fans would absolutely love to have both ball carriers back in 2022.

The fact that the pair was involved in offense made it much easier to move the football and score points. Kliff Kingsbury, the team’s play caller, benefited greatly when he was able to capitalize on the combination of Conner and Edmonds. A few weeks ago, the head coach reiterated how important the duo is to Arizona’s success.

“As far as I’m concerned, they’ve both done good deals. I hope we can afford both because they’ve both had fantastic seasons and deserve nice deals. I think they complement each other very well in our system, so I hope it goes that way.”

Unfortunately, the NFL’s salary caps could prevent the Cards from sticking with Conner and Edmonds. General Manager Steve Keim needs to have a contingency plan in place in case one or both free agents leave the desert.

The Arizona Cardinals will have to look elsewhere if their top running backs go

The Cardinals will have some attractive options to choose from if the running back spot suddenly needs some replenishment. Many fascinating individuals who make a living wearing the skirt are slated to hit the free agent market next month.

Leonard Fournette had 1,266 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021. In two campaigns with the Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon had 2,275 yards from scrimmage and 20 points in 31 appearances (26 starts) for that franchise.

Sony Michel rushed for 845 yards and four touchdowns in 17 regular-season games (just seven starts) for the Los Angeles Rams last year. Rashaad Penny rumbled for 749 yards and six points on the ground while averaging a staggering 6.3 yards per carry in just 10 contests (six starts) for the Seattle Seahawks in 2021.

Arizona’s management team will have a lot of work to do this offseason. Finding a solution to the running game will certainly be one of the organization’s most pressing issues this spring.

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