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Broncos Finally Haul in Arrington

March 4, 2009
J.J. Arrington

J.J. Arrington

Josh McDaniels is making it his personal vendetta to make sure the Broncos don’t run out of running backs this season. Today, the Broncos finally agreed to terms with former Arizona Cardinals running back J.J. Arrington, their third new running back this season. The Broncos announced they had reached an agreement on Friday, but the deal reportedly fell through. Today, however, the Broncos finally got the deal done, giving Arrington a 4-year, $10 million contract.

Arrington, 26, totaled only 187 rushing yards last season, but, more importantly, racked up 255 receiving yards and 923 return yards, excelling in the two roles that the Broncos would use him for. McDaniels will likely fit Arrington in the Kevin Faulk mold, having him make his impact catching balls out of the backfield and returning kicks and punts.

In his first free agency period as a head coach, McDaniels has made it clear that he is running a New England type system, meaning that instead of having a workhorse back plugged into his system, he will use a stable of running backs. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, it seems like Buckhalter will receive the majority of the carries, with Jordan coming in as the short yardage guy and Arrington as the 3rd down/receiving back.

All Bronco fans saw the injury abundance that the Broncos had in their backfield, and from what we have seen so far this offseason, McDaniels, with Buckhalter, Jordan, Arrington, Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain, and Selvin Young all on roster, is dead set on never letting backfield woes like that happen again.


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