We had two former star NFL running backs put on the street in the past two days.
The message: Backs come and go -- quickly.
Two years ago, the release of either one would have seemed nutty and the release of both downright crazy.
But that's what happens to running backs. They hit the wall. And it's gone.
Westbrook has had concussion issues in recent years, which is a concern, but he also hasn't been the same back he was two years ago. He's 30, and that's the bad age for backs.
Can Westbrook and Tomlinson still help in a limited role? They could in spot duty,
provided a team has a lead back.
As far as being 15-20-carry guys, you can forget that.
They are victims of the old running back adage, which is draft them, use them up, and then discard them.
It's so cruel, but so true.