These are the 5 best running backs cut by NFL teams. This year sure did hold a lot of big name running backs, but of the running backs available, these were by far the best. We cannot explain why their teams let them go, but we can be sure that they will continue their domination in the NFL with their new teams.
Brian Westbrook. "Westy," as known in Philadelphia, might be the best running back cut by an NFL team. He is known as one of the most versatile running backs in the NFL. He might not have been the best at running the ball, but he was more than efficient in this category, averaging 4.6 yards a carry throughout his NFL career. What made him so lethal is how he can catch the ball. His career high in yards was in 2007 when he had 1333 rushing yards and 771 receiving. Not many running backs get to 2000 yards, but he did.
- LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson might just be the best running back ever. He holds many records and is a force in the NFL. Although San Diego had a younger option for running back, how do you explain to your team that they just cut the face of the franchise with nothing as compensation? Well, one thing is for sure. If "L.T." wins a Super Bowl the same way former San Diego quarterback Drew Brees did, the fans might riot.
- Chestor Taylor. How can a career backup possibly be one of the best running backs cut by an NFL team? Before he was Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota, he was actually a force. He was a top five running back in the season and although he recently signed as a backup to Matt Forte, he is expected to get a good amount of carries and possibly return to stardom.
- Larry Johnson. Johnson looked out of gas in Kansas City. There is no other way to put it. Why is he on our list of the best running backs cut by NFL teams? Once he went to Cincinnati, he showed that with a real offensive line he can be effective.
- Thomas Jones. Jones was a bust in Chicago, but a star in New York. He was one of the best running backs in the NFL, but he was released once the Jets figured they had a shot at the more dynamic, and possibly cheaper, L.T. Jones might not be as effective in Kansas City as he was in New York, but no doubt he will still be an effective running back to a certain degree.
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