Chicago Bears: 3 under the radar free agent running backs

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Chicago Bears, Mike Davis
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Mike Davis

The next under the radar option is not going to ‘wow’ fans or getting anyone juiced should he sign with the Bears, but he is a fairly serviceable option who would cost the Bears very little. For the record, this is one of the reasons it makes sense to keep Jordan Howard. It is unlikely you are going to find a more talented running back for only $2 million next year. So if the Bears are looking to save money by unloading Howard, the options are what they are.

In any event, Mike Davis is a player that would save the Bears somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000. The former third-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers has not been lighting it up in his time recently with the Seahawks. However, Seattle is the paradigmatic example of running back by committee.  It feels like they have a dozen of them on the roster at any given time.

Nevertheless, Davis will not have the impact of a Kareem Hunt, but he is fairly adept at catching the ball out of the backfield. He’s caught more than 80 percent of his targets in the last two seasons totaling more than 340 yards in that span.

As a runner, he managed to gain 514 yards on 112 carries, despite splitting time with a number of other running backs.  However, a 4.6 average yards per rush is pretty good for someone who plays sparingly and is unable to get into any kind of rhythm during the game.