Veteran free agent running back Theo Riddick intends to sign with the Denver Broncos according to 9News in Denver.
Riddick was released by the Detroit Lions last week after six seasons with the franchise. The 28-year-old running back drew interest from the New Orleans Saints but apparently, he has decided Denver was the better fit.
Denver already has Phillip Lindsay as their top runner but Riddick should be a solid second option and gives the Broncos another solid option in the passing game.
Riddick has 285 career catches which ranks third among running backs over the last six seasons and he’s caught at least 50 passes in each of the last four seasons. Last season, he had 61 catches on 74 targets for 384 yards.
With the addition of Riddick, the future of Devontae Booker now seems up in the air. Booker is entering the final year of his contract and with Lindsay, Riddick, and last year’s third-round pick Royce Freeman above him on the depth chart, it would seem that he will likely be moving on at some point during the preseason.
Booker could very well end up somewhere in a Riddick-type role on another team where he could be utilized out of the backfield as both a runner and a receiver. Over his first three seasons, Booker has at least 30 catches and 260 receiving yards in each season.