Another day in the NFL offseason, another couple of run-ins with the law for running backs. Joseph Randle is an expert at breaking the law and getting arrested. Tre Mason is new to this line of expertise.
For Randle, who last played for the Dallas Cowboys but from the number of times he’s been arrested seems to be going through an unsuccessful career conversion, it’s the sixth time in the last 17 months he’s been arrested. He was arrested on charges of failing to show up at court and is being held on $150,000 bond. He was released on bond just last week after his February 21 arrest and jailing in Wichita, Kansas. The chargers? Four counts of of aggravated battery and one count each of criminal threat, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana after he allegedly hit three people with his car and broke through the front door of a home he had been asked to leave.
Mason, playing for the Los Angeles Rams (although a lot less since Todd Gurley arrived), was arrested in Florida and reportedly tased. He was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. According to the arresting officer, Mason was driving more than twice the speed limit in a 35 mph zone, which aroused the suspicion, and only stopped when he was blocked by another vehicle in Hollywood, Florida. He was taken into custody and later to a local hospital for medical clearance.
Randle has three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before getting cut in 2015, playing a total of 35 games for the team, rushing for 820 yards and scoring nine touchdowns. Mason just completed his second NFL season with the St. Louis Rams, used a lot less in his second year after Gurley got drafted. Overall he has 972 rushing yards in 25 career games, scoring 5 touchdowns. The Rams can cut him in this offseason without taking on too much dead money ($318,000), although it clears less than $500,000 in cap space.