How the mighty NFL running back position has fallen

How little do NFL teams value their backs? Well, the numbers ain't pretty.

Originally Published: August 13, 2014
By Igor Guryashkin | ESPN The Magazine

WE'VE ALL HEARD the narrative -- how after a decades long drift toward becoming a pass-first (and pass-second and pass-third) league, the NFL now values running backs about as much as it does Gatorade coolers. (Although, in the league's defense, some of those coolers can hold up to 10 gallons.) But is it true? We put the narrative to the metric test, studying draft trends, salary-cap allocation and the value of free agent contracts. The result: Let's just say sometimes the narrative spits the truth.

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