Headlined by DeMarco Murray -- this NFL's leading rusher -- the open market is littered with a rich cast of runners armed with plenty of starting experience.
Granted, we ranked these runners without knowing what matters most: Where they'll land. Scheme fit, surrounding talent and starting opportunity will define who thrives or fizzles in 2015.
With that in mind, we've listed our logical landing spots for the best of the bunch:
The Top Four
With Dez Bryant a priority for Dallas, Murray looms as the odd man out. The fourth-year back was a revelation last season, pounding his way for an NFL-best 1,845 yards behind the league's top offensive line. The Cowboys ran him into the ground with an outrageous 497 touches, a workload that might scare teams away from a player with a colorful injury history. If healthy, last season's Offensive Player of the Year looms as an immediate difference-maker.
Mathews struggled through an injury-riddled autumn, but the Chargers back is just one season removed from a 1,255-yard campaign. If the Bolts let him walk, Mathews will go to market as a juicy option to pair with a proven passing-down specialist.
Plagued by injuries in recent seasons, Spiller has yet to match the 1,703 total yards he pumped out in 2012 under Chan Gailey -- one of the few coaches who knows how to use him.
Niners coach Jim Tomsula gushed over Gore at the NFL Scouting Combine, and why not? Despite his age (31), the veteran looked sharp down the stretch in pulling off his eighth 1,000-yard campaign in nine years. If San Francisco doesn't want him, Gore will find a team willing to pay The Inconvenient Truth.
The best of the rest
- Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
Bradshaw was Indy's top back last season, but injuries loom as an every-year issue. ... Wesseling pounded the table for Rice, saying the former Raven "looked like his burst was back" before last season's tumble from grace. Will anyone take a chance? ... The enigmatic Moreno remains an injury risk, but he'll find work as a camp body. ... Flaming out in Atlanta, Rodgers can only be seen as a role player. ... With his best days behind him, Johnson amounts to a potential headache who can't be counted on as a starter.
Powell gave his all in New York, but he only works in a committee backfield. ... McFadden played well in spurts last season, but his days as a fantasy difference-maker are over. ... If you need 3 yards, Thomas can do the trick. If you need 4, you're out of luck. ... Smith had a whopping six career carries before busting out with four touchdowns of 40-plus yards in 2014. The Falcons are interested in bringing him back. ... A one-time Mike McCarthy favorite, Harris was fully outplayed by James Starks behind Eddie Lacy last season.