[QUOTE=thethinkingguy;547303]Chadman, good point. But, 12 of the 20 top rushers are [U]not[/U] from the first round, that means the better play is on running backs in the 2nd or 3rd round in terms of cost/benefit. You're going to have to pay a first round pick big money. The Bears had Matt Forte under contract for about $750K a year because he was picked in the 2nd round. Rice, McCoy, MJD, Forte, Gore, Ridley, etc. all had cheaper rookie contracts and delivered nicely.[/QUOTE]
Since the transition of the league to passing, the financial decision plays as much a part as anything. Be interesting to see how contract value factors into your stats. Based on % of offensive contribution to a team, how much of the cap does the RB consume on a per yard basis.
[QUOTE=supersteeler;547485]Parker was benched in favor of Ronnie McGill who I never heard of, Parker an undrafted player got a SB ring and McGill didn't even get a phone call from the NFL. Just like Franco Harris had to play behind Lydell Mitchell and Franco has 4 rings.
There is always a back thats overlooked, just ask the Texans when they got Foster.[/QUOTE]
Don't forget about HOF'r Bettis who was cast off by St Louis because he didn't seem to be all that in their offense.