INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against Kenny Phillips #21 and Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The list of Kansas City Chiefs needs is a little strange at running back because, on the one hand, you have one of the best running backs in football on the team. How can that position be considered a need? The issue is that Jamaal Charles won't be carrying the ball 25 times a game.
The Chiefs have been talking a lot about getting back to what they did in the 2010 season and that involved running the ball -- a lot. Greg Gosell, who produces the NFL Matchup Show, talked with KCChiefs.com and said he felt the Chiefs would be returning to the old-school way of playing football, which means a heavy dose of the running.
Thomas Jones is going to be a free agent and not expected to return. Jackie Battle is also expected to test free agency but could return. The Chiefs say they want Le'Ron McClain back but it's unclear if they'll get him.
So the Chiefs need a running back, preferably a good one if their offensive focus will be on running the ball.
For you BenJarvus Green-Ellis fans out there, take note of this Boston Globe story that indicates Green-Ellis "will likely be allowed to test unrestricted free agency."
As long as he hits free agency, KC has a chance to get him (if they want him). The Pats could elect to re-up him before the free agency period starts on March 13 so that's the deadline we're looking at if they choose to do so.
KC can also get a running back in the draft but the advantage of paying a little more on the free agent market for someone like Green-Ellis is that he's more of a known quantity. The Chiefs aren't rebuilding. They're ready to win now so finding someone who immediately impacts your running games makes sense to me.