Running back might now be less of a draft need for the Buffalo Bills.
That's because the team announced a two-year contract agreement with running back T.J. Yeldon on Monday. Yeldon, 25, is a former second-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2015 who spent the first four years of his career in Jacksonville. In 51 career games, the Alabama product started 30 of those and carried 465 times for 1,872 yards and six touchdowns. He's also made 171 receptions for 1,302 yards and six touchdowns, catching at least 30 passes in each of his four NFL seasons.
His most prolific season as a rusher was as a rookie. He finished with 182 carries for 740 yards as Jacksonville’s primary back. He then shared the workload with Chris Ivory in 2016 and Leonard Fournette the last two seasons. Ivory was released by the Bills earlier this offseason after one season with the team.
During his pre-draft news conference last week, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane was asked about the possibility of drafting a running back to learn behind veterans LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore.
"I don’t want to sit here and say we need it," Beane said of drafting a running back. "I get it; we’ve got two guys who are over 30. We’ve paid attention to it. But I still think there’s guys who are out there and even some in free agency still who can help, who will get on teams and help them.
"It’s kind of a different market for that position altogether in a lot of ways. I think there are some guys in the draft who do have a good skill set, and we’ll see how it falls.”
Yeldon is the third running back signed by the Bills in free agency, joining Gore and Senorise Perry, both of whom played last season for the Miami Dolphins. Beane now has signed 18 unrestricted free agents from other NFL teams this offseason.