I have some interesting theories (or, at least, I think they are interesting) on what the Vikings should do at running back this year. The truth is that those theories don’t really involve free agency, however, which probably isn’t all that surprising provided that Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart still sit atop the depth chart at the position.
Still, in the spirit of the offseason, I have put together my free agent ranking at the position.
I would be surprised to see the Vikings spend big money on a running back, as I mentioned already, but there is no denying that the traits of certain pending free agents could be attractive. A running back that possesses an extra ability to contribute in the passing game or special teams may warrant some consideration, especially if Rick Spielman ends up dealing Percy Harvin to another team.
That is the reason that Reggie Bush tops my running back rankings for the Vikings. I have long said that Harvin and Bush are two very similar players, despite officially playing different positions, and Vikings fans can remember all too well how Bush is capable of making a difference as a return man and slot receiver. Besides, in Miami he was really able to come into his own as a true running back and managed to be relatively durable.