CFL free agent rankings: running backs & fullbacks

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They break away for big carries, catch passes, throw blocks, and pound the ball on second-and-short.

The pool of available running backs and fullbacks has been largely depleted by players re-signing with their old teams. A few difference-makers remain, however, which could prove helpful for teams looking to upgrade their backfield.

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Running backs


1) Don Jackson, Calgary Stampeders

The 26-year-old’s rushing numbers dipped in 2019, but he remains one of the league’s best receivers out of the backfield.

2) C.J. Gable, Edmonton Eskimos

The eight-year veteran is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in Edmonton, though his age (32) will limit his options.

3) Cameron Marshall, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The 28-year-old played in just four games last season, but made the most of those appearances by averaging 6.1 yards per carry.

4) Jeremiah Johnson, Montreal Alouettes

The power-rusher ran for a career-high of six yards-per-carry in eleven games in 2019, though he will soon turn 33.

5) Tyrell Sutton, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The eight-year veteran ran for more than 80 yards in three of his six games with Hamilton, including the Grey Cup.

Best of the rest: Terry Williams, Calgary Stampeders; Chris Rainey, Toronto Argonauts; Marcus Thigpen, Free Agent; Mossis Madu, Ottawa Redblacks; Martese Jackson, Edmonton Eskimos; Romar Morris, Calgary Stampeders


1) Anthony Coombs, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The former first-round draft pick recorded 314 yards from scrimmage on 57 touches in 2019, also scoring two touchdowns.

2) Greg Morris, Free Agent

The 27-year-old had 25 offensive touches for 155 yards with Ottawa last season, though he has since been released.





1) Calvin McCarty, Edmonton Eskimos

The 13-year veteran continues to perform consistently, though his age (35) will limit his interest on the open market.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.