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Analyzing the New Orleans Saints’ offense heading into free agency

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Running Back

When you’re in such a difficult salary cap situation, running back is not a position to worry about, especially when you have already invested $15 million per season for your starter in Alvin Kamara.

To his credit, although the contract is not one I would have done, Kamara is likely the most valuable running back in the NFL currently due to his abilities as a receiver, which allowed him to accumulate 1688 yards from scrimmage and allows him to thrive in an offense that doesn’t have to run the ball often.

There could be some change at the position behind him, however, as Latavius Murray may be let go to clear up necessary cap space.

Coming off of multiple productive seasons (4.4 yards/carry), Murray would be a nice asset to have, but he’s simply a luxury and the team should look to get cheaper and younger behind Kamara.

As a former receiver, Ty Montgomery offers some versatility and ran for over 100 yards when asked to start in Week 17. He signed a $1 million deal with the team last offseason, and the cost should be similar this time around. At that price, he makes a lot of sense as Kamara’s backup.

By no means should New Orleans invest a notable draft pick on a running back. However, they can stay local and take a look at Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas.

Both are inside runners who create yardage after contact, which would give them a similar prototype to Murray and perhaps find an undervalued asset; neither are likely to be drafted before the seventh round, if at all.

Obviously, running back isn’t a priority for the Saints. Re-signing Montgomery and bringing in a few undrafted free agents should be all that is in store in terms of replacing Murray.