Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is set to test the free agency waters in about a month. He’s listed as the number eight best free agent running back on our Top 10 list.
The question remains why is he there? Yes, he’s a free agent but last season he was not performing at a level we’ve seen before out of him. Mendenhall’s eight touchdowns look good until you realize all of them came from within the 10-yard line. He had the worst yards per carry average (3.2) of any rusher with at least 200 attempts last season.
Add to that the emergence of Andre Ellington and it makes Mendenhall seem very expendable. It’s hard to predict where he will land. He should be marketing himself as more of a short-yardage back or a goal-line back than a featured runner.