Ezekiel Elliott and 5 free-agent running backs the NY Jets could sign

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The NY Jets don't have many pressing roster needs as they sit just a few weeks out from the 2024 NFL Draft, but one under-the-radar position that could be addressed is running back.

Breece Hall returned from injury and established himself as one of the best players at his position in the NFL. Hall finished fourth among all players in total scrimmage yards and should be seen as a focal point of the Jets' offense moving forward.

That said, the team doesn't have much depth and insurance behind him. Israel Abanikanda was used sparingly as a rookie and didn't impress when given the opportunity. That's why it would make sense for the Jets to sign a cheap veteran running back to serve as Hall's primary backup.

There are still quite a few intriguing and logical targets remaining on the market as well. Here are five veteran running backs — yes, including Ezekiel Elliott — the Jets could still sign in free agency.

5. The NY Jets could sign Latavius Murray

Running backs with the longevity of Latavius Murray are a rare breed in today's NFL. Originally a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray has appeared in more than 150 career games over the last decade-plus in the league.

While the 34-year-old clearly isn't the player he used to be, he still proved he can fill a valuable role in 2023. Murray was the Buffalo Bills' primary backup behind James Cook last season, rushing for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 3.8 yards per carry.

This comes one season after he was the Denver Broncos' leading rusher under Nathaniel Hackett in 2022. Murray is a solid pass blocker and effective short-yardage back — both of which the Jets could use.

He's not someone who's going to take away many snaps from Hall, but he fills a role that Abanikanda doesn't right now as a short-yardage, third-down back. Murray would be a quality addition.