The New York Giants jettisoned running back Rashad Jennings early last week, ending his three-year run with the team.
On NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Thursday, Jennings was asked if he could see the writing on the wall in the Big Apple.
“Well, I mean, could I see it coming? You always have that possibility,” he said. “You could kind of see a rotation in the backfield and how we were operating that that was a possibility that could be strong. Obviously, I’m a vet in the game and I kind of see it from the business standpoint.
“But where I’m at right now, I’m excited, you know? Free agent, you know, healthy. I’m down in Florida already training, trying to get ready for a team to call me. I always say my job every single year is to make one GM right and that’s no doubt what I’ll be doing this upcoming season.”
The standout from that list is Ryans, who played 10 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles before spending 2016 out of football. Ryans’ career included a hot start in Houston from 2006-2009, a stretch during which he was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2006), first-team All-Pro (2007) and twice named to the Pro Bowl (2007, 2009).
From there, Ryans went to Philadelphia, where he was effective in his first two seasons as an Eagle but saw his production drop off in 2014 and 2015, with much of the blame due to age and injuries. Ryans was cut in February of 2016 after a switch to the 4-3 left one less inside linebacker position available.
Over the 30-year-old barrier, Jennings will have to wait out the market before landing in an ideal spot. With the NFL draft deep at the running back position this year, many teams are likely to go with younger, cheaper talent. Even at 32, Jennings won’t have as many carries on his tires as other backs his age and could provide a veteran backup in the right situation.