The Texans and Lindsay (hip) agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Lindsay joins a backfield with David Johnson at the top of the depth chart and newcomer Mark Ingram also in the mix. That said, Lindsay is used to sharing RB reps with others after three seasons in Denver, especially last year when he took a backseat to Melvin Gordon. For his career, Lindsay has averaged 4.8 yards per carry, hauled in 77 of 109 targets and scored 18 touchdowns in 42 contests.
Lindsay (hip) is now an unrestricted free agent, with the Broncos rescinding his RFA tender, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Broncos had given Lindsay an original-round tender, allowing other teams to sign him to an offer sheet without forfeiting a draft pick. It sounds like the Broncos were preparing for the running back to leave, so they seemingly did him a favor in allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent instead of restricted. Lindsay now faces a simpler process for finding his next team, while the Broncos can focus on finding a cheaper backup running back behind Melvin Gordon. They still have Royce Freeman under contract for one more season, and Mike Boone agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday.
The Broncos have tendered Lindsay (hip) as a restricted free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Lindsay famously went undrafted back in 2018, so giving him an original-round tender means the Broncos can match any offer sheet he receives, but they won't be entitled to compensation in the form of draft picks if he does sign elsewhere. Denver also had the option of applying a second-round tender to Lindsay, which would've virtually guaranteed he sticks around next season, but that would have raised his minimum salary from $2.13 million to $3.38 million. The two-time 1,000-yard rusher will get to negotiate with other clubs and test his value.
Broncos GM George Paton said the team plans to give Lindsay (hip/knee) a restricted free agent tender, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. The first option, a second-round tender, would all but ensure Lindsay stays with the Broncos, though it also costs $3.38 million. An original-round tender, on the other hand, costs only $2.13 million, but it also means there's no draft-pick compensation involved, which makes other teams far more likely to sign the running back to an offer sheet. While injuries defined his 2020 campaign, Lindsay has largely been an effective runner for the Broncos, and he could take on added importance in September if Melvin Gordon gets a three-game suspension for his DUI arrest. Lindsay missed the final two weeks of 2020 with a hip and knee injuries, but there hasn't been any report of offseason surgery or a lengthy recovery period.
Lindsay (hip/knee) indicated Wednesday that the Broncos' signing of Melvin Gordon last offseason affected his approach during the 2020 season, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. "I was in battle mode. Everything caught me off guard with [Gordon] coming in. You can burn yourself out like that," Lindsay said. Perhaps Lindsay was pressing too hard to prove his value, but injuries also seemingly played a role in his reduced output in 2020. After breaking the 1,000-yard rushing threshold in both of his first two NFL seasons, Lindsay sat out five games during the most recent campaign to finish with 530 scrimmage yards and one total touchdown. He dealt with myriad injuries, including a hip/knee issue that kept the 26-year-old inactive Weeks 16 and 17. Defenses were also able to key in on Lindsay as a rusher, with Gordon serving as the clear No. 1 pass-catching back. Lindsay said that he's going to take a different mental approach in 2021, but it remains unclear whether he'll stay with the organization. He's a restricted free agent this offseason, while Gordon is on the books for 2021 but could face a potential suspension to begin the season due to a DUI arrest that occurred in mid-October.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New England Patriots||21||18.88|
|8||10/31||Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
|12||11/28||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|17||01/02||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
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|3 Year Avg||178||850||6||26||155||0||136|