3 running backs Saints can still sign this offseason

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Saints’ RB option No. 1: Darrel Williams

It’s a shock to us that former Kansas City running back Darrel Williams hasn’t found a home yet in 2022. New Orleans should be the first to welcome him with open arms.

Williams has spent his entire four-year career with the Chiefs in mainly a rotational depth role, but he arguably broke out this past season as one of the team’s most productive dual-threats.

In 2021, Williams recorded 144 carries for 558 rushing yards and six touchdowns and added 47 catches for 452 receiving yards. His success has been buoyed by playing with the great Patrick Mahomes, but he still struggled to establish himself as the lead back in Kansas City.

In NOLA, Williams definitely won’t overtake Kamara for RB1 duties but would be perhaps the best RB2 option in the league, easily beating Ingram for that backup role.

We could see Williams posting nearly 1,000 yards rushing behind the Saints’ O-line if Kamara is suspended, and he offers an extra dangerous edge as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, too. Williams won’t be on the market for long, and bringing him on would solidify NOLA’s running back corps for at least the upcoming season.

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Of the three, Williams is our pick for the best overall running back behind Alvin Kamara. He’ll see familiar faces in Mathieu and Sorensen and by all accounts should fit right in.