IMO I do not think that we can keep 4 above average runningbacks on this team. With signing a potential all-star in Kenton Keith, and already having an (injured-most-of-the-time) allstar in Jesse Lumsden, a legitimate backup (if not starting) RB in Terry Caulley, and an up and comming RB in Tre Smith, I believe that we just might have TOO much talent in the backfield to keep everyone happy. But the question is...what do we do with one of them in order to make everyone happy?
I think the best solution is to get rid of lumsden via trade, and if that is not possible then just let him play out his contract and not resign him. I know I am going to get criticized for saying that but I just dont think for the best interest of the team that getting rid of Caulley or Smith would be a better solution to the pileup at RB, and here is my reasoning...
Jesse is two years older than both Caulley and Smith and has a history of minor AND major injuries. Jesse makes a lot more than both Caulley and Smith and both of them have a 6.8 AVG and 8.3 AVG yard per carry respectively compared to Jesse's 7.0 AVG. Now those numbers are astounding for all three running backs but I think Jesse is injured too much to be making the kind of money he makes for having an avg in the middle of both Caulley and Smith.
Caulley is probably already upset with the signing of Keith, with the numbers he has put up in Jesse's place, which are good enough to be starting material and then getting demoted to third RB on the depth chart when Jesse returns. To keep an injured runningback for another season with a potential starting running back sitting on the bench waiting will not help his confidence or morale. And we can only think how tre smith would feel after his rookie season.
IMO the best bet to get around a player controversy at RB is to get rid of at least one player, and that player that I think needs to go in order to keep peace is Jesse Lumsden, but I would love to hear other opinions about it.