The prayers of many in Cowboy Nation were answered late last week when RB Tashard Choice was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Then yesterday, Choice signed with the Washington Redskins and those prayers were replaced by gasps. But our division rivals may not yet be done picking through our left-overs.
Choice was released after his sub-par play this season which consisted of 28 carries for just 75 rushing yards. He also happened to fumble in his second consecutive game prior to being let go. Choice was simply unable to take advantage of the opportunity left by the absence of starting RB Felix Jones. This left the door wide open for rookies DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner to out shine the third year veteran.
After being released last week, Choice didn’t have to wait long to get picked up by Washington. The Redskins had a need at the position when their starting running back, Tim Hightower, suffered a season-ending knee injury recently. Choice is expected to add depth to a backfield which already includes Ryan Torain and Roy Helu.
Some fans are speculating that the Choice pick-up by our NFC East rival is only a ploy to obtain information about the Cowboys’ plays and schemes. But Choice has had quality performances in the past, so I believe it’s a legit transaction. Plus, he only knows the offensive end of the playbook and that hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard lately.
The “letting go” of Choice does open up the door for the possible release of other under-performing Cowboy players. And the Cowboy Nation sure has a few opinions about who that should be. Here are some of the names being tossed around the blogosphere: