Bengals running backs in flux as Samaj Perine heads to Broncos

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Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine is moving to the Denver Broncos.

Perrin reportedly ready to sign Two-year deal worth $7.5 million With the Broncos, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo.

With the departure Perine the Bengals are facing a total overhaul at running back. With Joe Mixon’s future in question, it is unclear who will be the Bengals’ top-2 running back in the upcoming season.

Mixon, 26, is under contract with the team for the 2024 season. Cincinnati could save roughly $10 million if they designate Mixon as a post-June 1 cut. After finishing 29th in the offensive line last season, the Bengals need better production in their run game.

Perine was a valuable player in Cincinnati’s offense. He showed his ability when he carried the load as the Bengals running back showed for game two. In the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs in late January, Perine saw snaps at 65 percent then Mixon at 35 percent.

One Perrine’s greatest strengths was his -blocking ability, especially on third down. In these situations, he often had to stay on the field longer than Mixon.

The Bengals would need to sign or draft a player who could fit that role in their offense. From the 2020 season to last year, Perine totaled 848 yards and six touchdowns.

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals Sam Perine to Denver Broncos in NFL free agency