One of the unfortunate consequences of the reduced NFL salary cap and subsequent moves is losing fan favorites and hometown heroes. On Thursday, the Denver Broncos announced they are releasing one of their most beloved players in RB Phillip Lindsay — he begins the process of finding a new landing spot as free agency pushes on.
Phillip Lindsay landing spots in free agency
The Kansas City Chiefs will be a likely landing spot for Phillip Lindsay
Much to all Broncos fans’ dismay right now, their bitter rival will be firmly in the running for Phillip Lindsay. After back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and a Pro Bowl appearance, Phillip Lindsay took a back seat in 2020. The Broncos brought in former Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, and injuries led to a statistically disappointing campaign.
One backfield we have been watching closely is the Kansas City Chiefs. Following RB Damien Williams’ release, the Chiefs have an opening at the RB2 spot behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire. If signed, Phillip Lindsay would be on an instant Super Bowl contender and a terrific complement to Edwards-Helaire.
Phillip Lindsay could head to the Patriots in free agency as a landing spot
If New England is known for something, it is running a committee at the running back position. They trimmed the backfield down a bit as RB James White and RB Rex Burkhead are free agents. The common denominator is they are integral pieces of their passing game.
With Sony Michel, Damien Harris, and J.J. Taylor on the squad still, adding Phillip Lindsay in free agency could help give Cam Newton a target out of the backfield and alleviate the loss of both Burkhead and White. In his first two seasons, Lindsay caught 35 passes in each season.
Las Vegas is a potential landing spot for Phillip Lindsay behind Josh Jacobs
With Devontae Booker now with the Giants, the Las Vegas Raiders could use a running back to take some of the workload off of Josh Jacobs. In his first two seasons, Jacobs has seen 262 and 306 touches, most of which come on the ground.
While I have no explanation whatsoever to the Raiders’ decisions at offensive line, at least they bring in a change-of-pace back with Phillip Lindsay.
The New York Jets could use running back help out of Phillip Lindsay
The New York Jets have been focusing on the wide receiver position, but one spot on the offense that has been neglected is the running back. If the Jets are going to select a QB in the draft as expected, it will behoove them to make sure a rushing game is in place that can be relied on.
Along with the coaching change, Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur are also bringing a different philosophy. Moving to a wide zone rushing scheme could put Phillip Lindsay into a more conducive system to his skill set. On their roster right now is La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, and Josh Adams. If the Jets are the landing spot for Phillip Linday, he could step in as the RB1; at least they potentially address the position in the draft.
A reduced 2021 salary cap will heavily impact potential landing spots for RBs Phillip Lindsay
Due to lost revenue of the 2020 season, the NFL salary cap took a massive hit. Adam Schefter recently reported the 2021 salary cap would be $182.5 million.
Teams will have to make difficult decisions regarding veterans and how bullish they can be in free agency. The one position that will have the most significant impact is the running back position. The RB value has been diminished in front offices, and teams want to spend less and less. Because of this, it’s hard to see teams wanting to offer Phillip Lindsay a large contract.
According to Spotrac, Phillip Lindsay has an estimated market value of $8.2 million on a two-year, $16.576 million contract. However, given the contracts we have seen handed out so far, it would be surprising if he saw a deal in this range.
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