As of Tuesday morning, the San Diego Chargers have yet to make a move officially signing a running back to add depth to that position, with Donald Brown and Branden Oliver the only healthy runners on the active roster.
According to ESPN Insider Adam Caplan, his top 10 running backs currently available on the free-agent market are as follows: Ray Rice (suspended), BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Mikel Leshoure, Andre Brown (suspended 8 games), Willis McGahee, Michael Bush, Cedric Benson, LaMichael James (KR), Chris Ogbonnaya (FB) and Alex Green.
Scratch Rice off of the list, for obvious reasons. If healthy and in shape, McGahee could make sense because he played for Chargers head coach Mike McCoy when he served as offensive coordinator in Denver. However, McGahee is 32 years old, and averaged just 2.7 yards per carry for Cleveland in 2013.
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich has some familiarity with free agent LaRod Stephens-Howling from his time working as a wide receivers coach in Arizona. And Chargers general manager Tom Telesco is familiar with free agent Delone Carter from his time in Indianapolis.
Someone like Kerwynn Williams could make sense. The Utah State product spent most of 2013 on San Diego's practice squad, so he’s familiar with the team’s scheme on offense. Williams was released during training camp this year. He’s currently on Arizona’s practice squad.
Ronnie Brown, a reserve running back for San Diego last season, is on Houston’s active roster and would have to be sought via trade.
Another player who could make sense via trade is Leon Washington. The 32-year-old Florida native is fourth on Tennessee’s depth chart and serving as the team’s kick returner. Washington could pick up San Diego’s scheme quickly because he’s playing in a similar scheme under Ken Whisenhunt. Washington also can return punts and kicks, and would be a great addition to the locker room in terms of veteran leadership.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that the Chargers plan to sign outside linebacker Cordarro Law from the practice squad to the team’s active roster. If true, that would leave one spot on the team’s active roster to add a running back.
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