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Free Agent Preview: Running Back

From now through the beginning of the free agent signing period, will take a position-by-position look at the top players scheduled to hit the market on March 5, and a few who might be potential Patriots. Today's preview: running back.

Biggest Names

Ronnie Brown (RFA), Willie Parker, Darren Sproles (RFA)

There are some talented names available on the list but most of them are restricted. Brown's also coming off another season-ending injury and therefore may not generate a lucrative offer sheet to lure him out of Miami. Parker lost his lead back status to Rashard Mendenhall last year in Pittsburgh and may be looking to regain his role elsewhere.

Possible Patriots

Mike Bell (RFA), Kevin Faulk, Chester Taylor

Faulk made his intentions clear after the season by saying he fully intended to be back for a 12th season. The question for the Patriots will be whether or not they decide to hold onto Laurence Maroney. If they decide to part ways then Taylor could be an attractive option. The former 1,000-yard back has morphed into a third-down role the last couple of seasons in Minnesota after the arrival of Adrian Peterson. Taylor might make sense at the head of New England's running back committee next season. Bell also could garner interest if he winds up on the outside of the Saints crowded backfield picture.

The Full List

Name 2009 Team Position Status

Battle, Jackie KC HB RFA 3
Bell, Mike NO HB RFA 4
Brown, Chris HST HB UFA
Brown, Ronnie MIA HB RFA 5
Faulk, Kevin NE HB UFA
Gado, Sam SL HB RFA 4
Green, Ahman GB HB UFA
Harrison, Jerome CLV HB RFA 4
Johnson, Larry CIN HB UFA
Moats, Ryan HST HB RFA 5
Norwood, Jerious ATL HB RFA 4
Parker, Willie PIT HB UFA
Peterson, Adrian CHI HB UFA
Smith, Kolby KC HB RFA 3
Snelling, Jason ATL HB RFA 3
Sproles, Darren SD HB RFA 5
Stecker, Aaron ATL HB UFA
Taylor, Chester MIN HB UFA
Taylor, Chris NE HB RFA 3
Thomas, Pierre NO HB RFA 3
Washington, Leon NYJ HB RFA 4
White, LenDale TEN HB RFA 4
Williams, Carnell TB HB RFA 5
Wynn, DeShawn GB HB RFA 3

Davis, Carey PIT FB RFA 3
Eckel, Kyle NO FB RFA 3
Green, Justin ARZ FB RFA 4
Griffith, Justin SEA FB UFA
Haynes, Verron ATL FB UFA
Johnson, Jeremi CIN FB UFA
Kreider, Dan ARZ FB UFA
Kuhn, John GB FB RFA 4
Lawton, Luke OAK FB RFA 3
McClain, Le'Ron BLT FB RFA 3
Richardson, Tony NYJ FB UFA
Russell, Gary OAK FB RFA 3
Storer, Byron TB FB RFA 3
Tahi, Naufahu MIN FB RFA 4
Vickers, Lawrence CLV FB RFA 4
Weaver, Leonard PHI FB RFA 5

Up next in the Free Agent Preview series: linebacker, coming Wednesday, Feb. 17.

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