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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Is LenDale White the answer in Denver?

By Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos must feel they have long-term problems at running back.

Why else would they sign LenDale White?

White, who Denver announced it inked Wednesday, is facing a four-game NFL suspension. He won’t be able to help Denver until Week 5 at Baltimore, at the earliest.

White wasn’t a hot item on the open market. He had virtually no interest after Seattle cut him and his suspension was disclosed. White was traded from Tennessee to Seattle during the draft weekend, but he was quickly despite being reunited with his coach at USC, Pete Carroll.

The scuttlebutt around the league was if White couldn’t resurrect his career under Carroll, where would he be able to do it? White hopes that answer is in his hometown of Denver.

The Broncos sure hope White has a revival. Denver signed White after starter Knowshon Moreno and backup Correll Buckhalter were hurt. Both are supposed to be back this month, but clearly Denver didn’t like its overall depth. The team cut Kolby Smith to make room for White.

Once White returns from his suspension (assuming he makes the 53-man roster), he will likely be used in short yardage. He is a big back, who can be effective in short runs. White rushed for 2,349 yards (3.7 per carry average) and had 24 touchdowns in four seasons with the Titans. If Moreno and Buckhalter return healthy, White could team with them to make a decent running back crew.

White's signing does not necessarily take Denver out of the Brian Westbrook sweepstakes. Westbrook is a smaller back, who plays a different game than White. If the Broncos decide they want to pursue Westbrook, there will be room for him as well.