The Baltimore Ravens, after losing three running backs to late-season injuries in the preseason and then rushing to replace them, have received commercial requests from teams interested in their current squad of running backs, league sources told ESPN.
The Ravens may not end up trading their running backs, but inquiries – some of which came as recently as last week – claim Baltimore has managed to make up for late-season injuries to JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill all in 10 days starting in late August.
Baltimore responded by signing former New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman, as well as former Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell. The veteran trio joined second-year running back Ty’Son Williams, who is currently Baltimore’s second rusher behind star quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The NFL trade deadline this season is November 2.
Despite the injury rash and their rebuilt backfield, the Ravens enter Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with the NFL’s fourth-best rushing offense, averaging 164.5 yards per game.
Jackson, the only quarterback in league history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons, ran for 279 yards on 42 carries in Baltimore’s first four games, averaging 6.6 yards per stroke. Williams has 164 rushing yards on just 27 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, while Murray has 151 yards and three rushing touchdowns leading the team.
Playing time was more limited for Freeman (41 rushing yards) and Bell (11), who debuted for the Ravens in last Sunday’s record-breaking win over the Denver Broncos.