On Sunday morning, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that sources within the Dallas Cowboys organization have confirmed that the team no longer believes DeMarco Murray is their answer at the starting running back position. Rapopart also said that Dallas will be actively looking to add a running back prior to next week’s trade deadline. Since this information was leaked, team officials have denied these rumors. Of course, they also denied the rumors about the impending release of All-Pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. Then Ratliff was suddenly cut by the team last week.
If the rumors are true, who are some likely candidates for Dallas to make a play for? Keep in mind, Dallas has reportedly just over $2 million left on their current salary cap. And they are already $31 million over the cap for 2014. But they also have trade bait in wideout Miles Austin and tackle Jeremy Parnell. With no further ado, here are my ten potential running backs that the Cowboys could trade for.
Name: Fred Jackson
Age/Current Team: 32, The Buffalo Bills
Current Contract (via Rotoworld): 2013: $2.15 million (+ $300,000 roster bonus due in March + $150,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2014: $2.45 million (+ $93,750 in per-game roster bonuses), 2015: Free Agent
2013 Rushing Numbers: 380 yards on 86 attempts, 4.4 ypc; 5 touchdowns
2013 Receiving Numbers: 25 receptions off 33 targets for 215 yards
Analysis: The 32-year old veteran appears to still have some gas left in the tank and the Cowboys could be a good destination to finish his career. The native of Ft. Worth currently sits behind C.J. Spiller on the depth chart and his contract appears to be doable under the Cowboys current salary cap. But Jackson would simply be a stop-gap measure for the Cowboys drafting a more permanent solution next year.