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30 year old Running Backs – Yes or No?

The Redskins have a choice to make for themselves, and it amounts to this:

Do we want two 30 year old running backs in decline on our 53 man roster next year?

After releasing Ladell Betts last week, I have to think that the Redskins have made up their minds that they are committed to going younger and will look to draft their next RB.  But their actions seem to conflict that notion, as both the Bengals/Chiefs’ RB Larry Johnson and the Steelers’ Willie Parker have come to town looking for jobs.

First, let’s tackle Willie Parker – he isn’t 30 yet but he sure isn’t getting any younger at age 29, and his numbers on the field aren’t getting any better with age either.  Yes, he’s been seasoned on a winning Pittsburgh team.  However, just in case you were wondering, Parker failed to log a single rushing touchdown last year. NOT ONE. And of course we all remember that Parker lost his starting position to the 22 year old Rashard Mendenhall who had a break out 1,100+ yard season and 7 touchdowns in only 12 starts of his second season. After that season, wouldn’t you be left deflated?

Speaking of which, that takes us to RB Larry Johnson.  Over 14 starts — 7 for the Bengals, 7 for the Chiefs…. ZERO touchdowns. After that showing for two different teams/schemes in 2009 wouldn’t you be embarrassed?  How about emasculated?

I know I would, and that’s why I think the Redskins would be wise to steer clear of the sinking ships that are Willie Parker and Larry Johnson…. and look for more youthful, greener pastures in the draft.

For crying out loud, Ladell Betts had 2 starts and 2 touchdowns and HE GOT FIRED!!  What more is there to say?

There is no room for backtracking in the RB department for the Redskins in 2010 – because the sad fact is that Clinton Portis’ best years are behind him as well. The Redskins need a young and hungry rookie to come in and provide a spark to this offense, and it’s not going to come from a former workhorse RB in decline.

Nothing is set in stone, nothing is signed – but for a team that is supposed to be committed to rebuilding their team with youth via the draft, bringing in 2 different running backs aged 30 doesn’t sit well with me. Just sayin…

Am I the only one that feels this way?

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6 Responses to “30 year old Running Backs – Yes or No?”

  1. Mike says:

    If they brought in Thomas Jones, then this would be a different story. When are you going to write for Jetsgab?

  2. Steve in TN says:

    The Betts angle is invalid as he would not be ready to play until October – if then – after suffering the knee ligament (two of them) last season that landed him on IR.

    Regarding age: True, they did not bring Betts or Cartwright back, but they also did not bring back Mason or Ganther.

    • You have a point regarding the injury, but what I’m trying to illustrate is the overall obsession with bringing in over the hill players for a short term fix as opposed to drafting smart every year.

  3. Mike says:

    Johnson or Parker is a waste. LT or Jones would make sense. Though Portis is the man. I don’t see why they are making running back moves anyways.

  4. Mike says:

    They need to focus on a number 2 receiver.

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