It’s hard to determine with any precision the market for running back Rashard Mendenhall.
For starters, veteran tailbacks who aren’t among the best in the business don’t get paid a lot of money. As to Mendenhall, his value could be impacted by a torn ACL suffered in Week 17 of the 2011 regular season, his Osama bin Laden Twitter misadventure, and his decision to stay home after being informed he’d be deactivated for Pittsburgh’s December 9 game against the Chargers.
Last week, a source with direct knowledge of the 25-year-old Mendenhall’s situation predicted he’ll definitely draw interest in free agency. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Mendenhall definitely has — with the Broncos.
The unknown at this point is the dollar amount Denver would attach to Mendenhall. Plenty of teams will be interested in plenty of players, at the right price. It would still be a surprise if Mendenhall makes a major haul in free agency.