NFL news of November 15, 2002

Who’s the best running back in the NFL this season? That’s debatable. Priest Holmes, Deuce McAllister, Marshall Faulk and LaDainian Tomlinson all would have supporters.

But there wouldn’t be any such debate about the best value at running back. It’s Buffalo’s Travis Henry, who is playing in the second year of his rookie contract.

Henry ranks 11th in the NFL in rushing with 748 yards and fourth in touchdowns with 10. He has posted three 100-yard rushing games and caught 27 passes for the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense. His showing has helped the Bills claim a share of first place in the AFC East—and Henry is playing at a bargain-bin cost of $549,000.

The most inexpensive feature back in the NFL is rookie Jonathan Wells, a fourth-round draft pick by the expansion Houston Texans. He’s costing the Texans just $342,000 against their salary cap. That’s about $1,000 per yard.

At the other end of the spectrum is Emmitt Smith, who became the NFL’s all-time rushing leader last month. He’s costing the Cowboys $10.31 million against their salary cap in 2002.

— Rick Gosselin, The Dallas Morning News “Who are the best running backs for the money?”

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