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Don’t call it a comeback, but the running back position underwent a resurgence in the 2024 NFL offseason.


Just a year ago in the 2023 offseason, Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard all failed to come to terms with their respective teams on long-term extensions with each settling for the franchise tag, and there had only been one running back to win the league’s NFL Offensive Player of the Year award in the last five seasons: Derrick Henry in 2020.


This year, Jacobs, Barkley and Pollard all found multi-year contracts in free agency, as did many others at the position, and San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey took home OPOY honors after leading the NFL in rushing yards (1,459) and scrimmage yards (2,023) while co-leading the league in touchdowns (21) along with Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl running back Raheem Mostert. San Francisco naturally rewarded CMC with a two-year, $38 million extension that runs his previously running back-leading average-per-year salary up $3 million, from $16 million APY to $19 million APY.


Notable running backs to sign multi-year contracts this offseason


Christian McCaffrey re-signed on a two-year, $38 million extension with 49ers

Derrick Henry signed a two-year, $16 million contract with Ravens

Josh Jacobs signed a four-year, $48 million contract with Packers

Saquon Barkley signed a three-year, $37.75 million contract with Eagles

Rhamondre Stevenson signed a four-year, $36 million extension with Patriots

Austin Ekeler signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract with