Ranking each RB move from day one of NFL free agency

Several running backs found new homes on Monday. How do those moves rank in the world of fantasy football?

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for yardage against the Eagles.
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for yardage against the Eagles. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Cowboys, Tony Pollard
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5. Tony Pollard, Tennessee Titans

The Titans signing Tony Pollard was a bit of a head-scratcher for me. The Titans are moving on from Derrick Henry and replacing him with Pollard, which is a move that probably doesn't make sense for most. It shouldn't.

It makes sense for Pollard, who played at Memphis in college and now has a chance to return home. But the Titans still have Tyjae Spears entering year two and he should arguably be the team's RB1. Now there will likely be some sort of timeshare, and Pollard was at his best in that role with Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, but this spot doesn't have that same feel.

This deal was announced quickly, signifying that it was one that the Titans were quite eager to make, but it's hard to see it as a good fit right now.

4. D'Andre Swift, Chicago Bears

This was the first deal of the day to get announced as D'Andre Swift has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears. It seems like a move that could be a major hit or a huge miss.

Swift was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles from the Detroit Lions last offseason and that move turned him from a mediocre running back (much as fantasy players never wanted to admit that) into one that rushed for over 1,000 yards on the season, easily the best of his career.

Swift should have plenty of opportunities in Chicago, where the Bears also hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson are still on the roster and both of those guys are players that fantasy managers have been waiting to see breakouts from, but their value likely takes a hit with the addition of Swift, who should be one of the focal points on the offense next season.