Earlier at the moment, Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted that groups had approached the Chicago Bears concerning Jordan Howard. By the best way Schefter framed it, it seems to be just like the Bears are receptive, because the tweet states that discussions are “ongoing”.
A number of groups approached the Chicago Bears on the mix final week and mentioned a possible commerce for RB Jordan Howard, per league sources. Discussions ongoing.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2019
As a Bears fan, this pains me. Howard has been enjoyable to look at and has given his all whereas donning the Blue and Orange. I’ll always remember the best way he produced towards stacked fronts throughout the depressing John Fox period. They primarily ran Howard into the bottom with their predictable (run-run-pass) play calling. As I prefer to say, unhappy foo!
Whereas the Bears offense took an enormous step ahead with the hiring of coach Matt Nagy, it was evident from day one which Howard’s model was not an amazing match for the offense. Given his manufacturing final season, his lack of receiving expertise, and the emergence of Tarik Cohen, it’s clear that the Bears are going to put money into one other RB.
Howard is ready to make $2.025 million in 2019. It’s the last 12 months of the rookie deal he signed after being drafted within the fifth spherical of the 2016. With the Bears missing draft capital because of the Khalil Mack commerce, dealing Howard is smart. And, even when Howard wasn’t moved this season, I had pegged the Bears to seize a RB with one in all their first two picks in Rounds three or four.
Whereas Le’Veon Bell is at the moment the perfect RB obtainable on the free agent market, the cabinet is naked after him. In reality, after taking a look at who can be left available on the market as soon as Bell is signed, Howard can be the subsequent most suitable choice as he’s confirmed to be extra dependable than the Falcon’s Tevin Coleman. After all, this additionally will depend on what the workforce wants to surrender to accumulate him, however I’m speaking strictly from a sturdiness and efficiency standpoint.
So, with all that being stated, listed below are 5 groups that will be excellent touchdown spots for Howard:
New York Jets
The Jets operating recreation final 12 months was composed of Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, and Bilal Powell. Nothing particular there, and Powell and McGuire have struggled to say wholesome. If the Jets wish to make a transfer up the standings subsequent season, pairing a robust operating again that has playoff expertise with their franchise QB in Sam Darnold looks like a very good begin.
Whereas Gus Edwards averaged 5.2 yards a carry for the Ravens final season, he doesn’t seem to be he’s able to dealing with a full workload. The Ravens have had a special main rusher every of the final 4 seasons, however dealing for Howard would put an finish to that and provides them stability on the place. The power to depend on Howard’s downhill operating, expertise, and blocking, would additionally assist shield their younger QB in Lamar Jackson.