The Denver Broncos are said to be on the hunt for a physical
tailback, and the team has expressed interest in free agent running back
Rashard Mendenhall, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post.
Rashard Mendenhall, who at 25 years old and with two
1,000-yard rushing seasons will be one of the youngest and most accomplished
running backs to hit the free-agent market Tuesday, has drawn interest from the
At this point, Klis notes that it’s hard to tell what level
of interest the Broncos have in Mendenhall, who’s spent his entire career with
the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have several free agents targeted, and price is
likely to determine which of them ultimately land in Denver.
Mendenhall carries the size that makes him a candidate to
replace running back Willis McGahee, who’s returning from a season-ending leg
injury. The 25-year-old averaged 1,103 yards per season from 2009-11, but he
sustained a torn ACL in the final game of the 2011 season. He did not play well
in his return last year, but he could be far more productive two years removed
from his significant leg injury.
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