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Tracking the latest free agency rumors for Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack’s 2020 season ended in Week 1 with an ACL tear. He will now likely hit the free agent market with Jonathan Taylor taking over for the Colts.

Running back Marlon Mack of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled from behind by Cornerback Tre Herndon #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at TIAA Bank Field on September 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.

2020 in review

Mack’s 2020 season was short-lived, as he tore his ACL in Week 1. Jonathan Taylor then went on to take over and play extremely well in the second half of the season. Mack put up good numbers in 2018-19, as he hit 1,999 rushing yards in 26 games behind one of the better offensive lines in the league.

Possible destinations

Running backs have lost value in a big way over the last 20 years and Mack will likely feel the brunt of that decline in the marketplace. That doesn’t mean he won’t be wanted, but the bidding war likely won’t hit like he’d like. But teams would be happy to get him, as he is an above average back that will get tough yards and has some upside. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins would all be in the market for a running back.

Do the Colts want to keep him?

The Colts say they’d like to keep him if it works out, which means if he doesn’t find a robust market and they can bring him back for a deal. As long as he’s sought after, he’s most likely gone, as Jonathan Taylor is the no-doubt No. 1 while Nyheim Hines will work as a scat/receiving back/

Fantasy implications

His presence will likely disrupt any backfield to some degree, but it very much depends on his landing spot. If it’s back in Indianapolis, he’ll be relegated to backup with 5-10 touches per game, but a running back needy team could end up using him as the lead back or the lead of a committee. His ability isn’t dynamic enough to feel great about his chances to completely take over a backfield though.

Rumored interest