Tashard Choice was quick to tell the press that he wants to remain with the Dallas Cowboys after a rumor spread that he was going to be traded to the San Diego Chargers for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
The trade doesn’t even make sense. Unless the Cowboys plan to move Mike Jenkins or Terence Newman, I cannot think of any other reason why the Cowboys would want another starting cornerback.
However, there still is the possibility of the Cowboys trading Choice. When Choice got a chance, he played very well. He showed that he has similar power as Marion Barber, and that he, too, can run over linebackers. Unless the Cowboys got a solid, key position player for him, it wouldn’t be smart to trade Choice right now.
Felix Jones probably cannot stand an entire season as a starter. He could share carries with Barber, but even he may be gone after 2011. This is depth that the Cowboys have not had in a decade.
I personally would hope the running game would be left alone. The Cowboys would be much better off figuring out what to do with Roy Williams and the receivers. The Cowboys also need a top-notch field goal kicker, something I think is VERY IMPORTANT for the Cowboys to succeed.
Choice tells the DMN that he wants to stay in Dallas. I think that says a lot about the chemistry of this team because Choice likely could be a starter for numerous teams. The DMN argues that Choice deserves more carries in the 2010-11 season, and I won’t disagree with that. He had just 64 carries with a 5.5 yards per carry average. That is damn good.
In fact, I think it would be smart to use Barber less in the first half–just enough to warm him up—and focus on Felix and Tashard running most of the plays. If the Cowboys can head into halftime with a lead, then I think that’s when it could be Barber Time.
There is no reason to trade Choice right now. Hopefully, the Cowboys can either figure out what’s causing Roy Williams to play flat or find a young gem in the draft who can help produce big plays at key moments in a game–sort of like Martellus Bennett did in his rookie year.