The Washingon Redskins and former Steelers running back Willie Parker have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with a maximum value of $3.1 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Parker will be in an open competition for the starting job with Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson, according to the report.
Coach Mike Shanahan will have a big-name backfield in 2010, but I'm not sure how much production we should expect. Marty Callinan has been hard at work in the ESPN Stats and Information laboratory coming up with some numbers on Portis-Johnson-Parker. Of the 54 running backs in the league who had at least 40 carries up the middle last season, those backs ranked 52, 53 and 54.
Portis and Johnson banged out 2.6 yards per carry between the tackles while Parker checked in at 2.5. Ladies and gentlemen, those are some Next-Level numbers right there. Sorry to dampen your spirits on the Parker signing, but I thought it was worth mentioning.