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The Jets and Giants had wildly divergent seasons, yet find themselves with many of the same holes to fill this offseason. It has already been noted that both teams could bid for the services of Patriots’ cornerback Asante Samuel, however they will likely find themselves competing for talent at the running back position as well. The Jets patched together a running game by committee last season, and will likely be looking for more stability in the offseason. The Giants likewise will be seeking stability at the position with the retirement of Tiki Barber. Second-string back Brandon Jacobs could compete for the starter’s spot, but it’s unlikely the team will just hand him the job.

Enter Super Bowl stand-out Dominic Rhodes. Despite question marks surround the Colts’ running game following the departure of Edgerrin James, Indianapolis benefited from unexpected depth at the position with the strong play of Rhodes and rookie Joseph Addai. While Rhodes was Indy’s starter for all 16 regular season games, Addai started every game during the postseason, indicating that the team is comfortable with Addai as the full-time starter. Rhodes is a free agent, and according to Bob Glauber of Newsday, the team will not offer him starter money to return as a backup. The Colts already have their work cut out for them in order to fit defensive end Dwight Freeney under the cap.

Unlike Chargers’ restricted free agent Michael Turner, Rhodes can be signed by another team without that team having to surrender draft picks as compensation. Despite moving to a backup role during the playoffs, Rhodes played four of his best games of the season during the postseason. His 113 yards during the Super Bowl marked his first 100-yard rushing game since his rookie season in 2001.

However the Daily News reports that whomever misses out on Dominic Rhodes could find themselves with a sizable consolation prize in the form of another Super Bowl peak performer. Bears running back Thomas Jones rushed for 112 yards on Sunday, carrying the rushing load once Cendric Benson was lost to a sprained knee. Benson served as Jones’s backup all season, rushing just 157 times for 647 yards; however, Benson was the #4 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and was given a $16 million signing bonus – a fact that could greatly influence his role in the offense in the near future. Jones on the other hand is 28-years-old and is owed approx. $2.25 million in the final year of his contract. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is expected to seek an extension from the Bears this offseason, however that prospect seems unlikely given the money Chicago has already invested in Benson. Instead, the Bears could look to move Jones before the season – a development that would surely interest both local teams.

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