After taking a year off from football to nurse a torn ACL, free-agent running back Knowshon Moreno hopes to return in 2016.
Moreno, 28, tweeted Tuesday night to dispute reports stating he’s “likely done with football.”
“I plan on being back on the field in 2016,” Moreno tweeted.
The 5-foot-11, 218-pound running back was off to a promising start for the Miami Dolphins in 2014 before suffering the season-ending knee injury. He had 31 carries for 148 yards with one touchdown in one full game and parts of two others. He had 24 carries for 134 yards with one touchdown in the Dolphins’ season-opener against the New England Patriots that year.
He also was coming off his most productive season. Moreno rushed for 1,038 yards on 241 carries with 10 touchdowns with 60 receptions for 548 yards with three touchdowns in 2013 with the Denver Broncos.
There were rumblings heading into 2014 that the Patriots were interesting in signing Moreno, but he went to the Dolphins and the Patriots started the year with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen before bringing back LeGarrette Blount midway through the season.
The Patriots currently have Dion Lewis, Blount, Brandon Bolden, James White, Donald Brown, Tyler Gaffney, Joey Iosefa and D.J. Foster on their running back depth chart. At the right price, it would make sense to bring in another complete back like Moreno. Arian Foster is another intriguing free-agent running back.
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