6 free-agent running backs the Vikings could sign in 2024

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry
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Free-Agent Running Back No. 6

J.K. Dobbins

2023 Team: Baltimore Ravens

A lot of the players on this list are big-money players who are heading toward the wrong side of 30, but there’s a chance the Vikings could try their luck with a low-cost lottery ticket that could hit big in the future.

If Minnesota wants to go down that path, J.K Dobbins could be an intriguing target after a failed stint with the Baltimore Ravens.

Dobbins’s career has been marred by injuries as he suffered a broken left fibula in his senior year of high school, a torn left ACL in 2021, and a ruptured Achilles in Week 1 of this past season.

Through it all, Dobbins has been effective on the field, posting a career 56.8 percent success rate on rushing attempts and a 45.7 percent success rate on receptions during his career.

While both are generated from a small sample size, he could still be the type of low-risk, high-reward target the Vikings want in the backfield.

There’s no way that Dobbins should be the only player Minnesota adds at the running back position but if he’s paired with a draft pick and another acquisition, it could be a $2 million lottery ticket that’s worth the gamble.