The Washington Redskins, per reports today, are hosting former New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley with a view to a deal.
Joining the race
After attracting little interest during the early stages of the offseason - due largely to concerns over rehabilitation from an ACL injury picked up during the 2014 campaign - Ridley's visit to Washington now marks his third trip in quick succession.
The power back has already visited with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as he seeks a new team for the new season.
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ESPN Boston reporter Mike Reiss was the first to report Ridley's visit on Tuesday:
Whether the Redskins can steal a march on the AFC East duo remains to be seen, but a move to Washington would mark the first time Ridley would play for a franchise outside of that division in his NFL career to date.
The 230-pound, 5 ft 11 back left the New England Patriots after four years in which he racked up over 3,000 yards combined, as well as 22 touchdowns.
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While Ridley has the talent to be a useful addition as a between the tackles running back there remain question marks about his fitness.
The 26-year-old managed just six games for the Patriots in what was supposed to be a break out year in 2014. Suffering an ACL tear in October, RIdley saw his stock fall as LeGarrette Blount came in to fill his spot and teams are, perhaps rightly, wary of how the LSU product will return.
Having left Miami and New York without a deal that suggests there is still some convincing to be done.
The Washington Redskins remain on the look out for a running back after seeing Roy Helu depart earlier this offseason.
Although they still have the likes of Alfred Morris as their go-to starter there is a role for a third down back on Jay Gruden's roster. The elusive yet powerful style of Stevan Ridley might just be what the team is looking for.
Whether a team looking to bounce back from a dreadful 4-12 season is willing to take a gamble on a man coming back from such major surgery is though unclear. Inviting him for a visit will at least give the franchise the opportunity to have a closer look at an intriguing option.
What do you think Redskins fans? Would Ridley be a good addition, and is running back an area that needs recruits for the 2015 season? Let us know in the comments section below...
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