10 Running Backs The Dallas Cowboys Could Trade For

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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.

Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson celebrates scoring a touchdown agains the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter of a game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson celebrates scoring a touchdown agains the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter of a game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray Trade

  • Bobby

    Interesting… but who would the Cowboys trade? No one is going to want to do a 1 for 1 trade for another RB. I, myself, am not 100% convinced that Murray isn’t their solution. I think that they should also figure out how to work the other backs they have in to lessen the wear and tear on Murray! Is it any wonder that Dallas can’t seem to keep healthy RB’s? I mean, at some point, you can’t keep switching tires because your brand keeps having blow outs; maybe some one should examine how you’re driving.

    • COWBOYSFORLIFE88

      tradeable miles austin doug free demarco murray tanner phil costa james hanna orlando scandrick trade kyle orton to bears/jags/bills/rams for a pick. bring in T. Tebow/ V.young/ or leinert to back up romo till offseason. we have 3 7th rd picks TRADE 1. VIKINGS GET WR M.Austin HB D.Murray OT P.Costa 1st or 2nd rd pick. COWBOYS GET HB A.Peterson 5th rd pick TRADE 2. BILLS GET CB O.Scandrick OL D.Free 4th rd pick COWBOYS GET S J.Byrd 6th rd pick. DRAFT>>RD 1 [IF NOT TRADED] DT A.Johnson LSU RD 2 [IF NOT TRADED] QB A.Murray RD 3 CB R.Reynolds ORE ST RD 4 HB C.Sims W.VIRG NO TRADES DRAFT>>>> RD 1 DT R.Hageman MINN/ S H.Clinton-Dix ALA/ DT L.Nix ND/ DE S.Tuitt ND RD 2 OG G.Jackson MISS ST./ CB D.Swann GEORGIA / QB A.Murray GEORGIA/ QB J.Manziel TEX A-M RD 3 CB R.Allen PURDUE/ QB S.Morris MIA RD 4 HB C.Sims W.Virg/ WR K.Williams WASH RD 5 WR J.Abbrederis WIS/ WR T.Jones ND/ OG C.Burnette GEORGIA/ OG B.Thomas CLEMSON

      • COWBOYSFORLIFE88

        we could get Ingram Tate Leshoure for cheap or player for player trade Moreno we could get for a couple picks and murray. we need big time help at DE OLB S HB OL gotta do something to make a run at the division we can only go up if we makes theses move i doubt it will happen but hey a man can dream lol MILES AUSTIN is very trade able with T Williams an C. Beasley emerging and also WR B. lloyd is available

        • Guido214

          Why would you deal T Williams?

          • COWBOYSFORLIFE88

            not trade williams read again i said trade austin because williams and beasley are emerging stars

  • Old Frog

    This makes no sense. Even without Murray they have 3 serviceable backs who, although not superstars, can get the job done if the O line creates running lanes.
    On the other hand, if you’re talking about trading Austin and Murray for more D line help, then that’s a different story.

  • Guido214

    Sorry but this is a stupid article…… OK THEY ARE CAP FRIENDLY LETS DEAL FOR HIM. Disregard age, injury history etc etc. Yes Dallas will probably draft a Rb very high. But come on, some of these picks even if just for the remainder of the season seems farfetched and dumb

  • yoyoman

    The Bills would more likely be open to trading CJ Spiller than Fred Jackson. Fred is the foundation of the Bills offense, especially with Manuel out. Where are you getting your info Steven?

  • ctcowboy1968

    First, still like Murray. Lots of talent, but the OL has not helped him out much. There are only three players on this list that make sense. Vereen, Ingram and Leshoure. In that order. Every other RB listed makes no sense for several reasons: wrong side of 30, injury history and currently injured, small speedy back which we already have in Dunbar. The biggest mistakes would be McJured and MJD. Future cap money is a huge issue. I believe that we still need to sign Dez.

    • COWBOYSFORLIFE88

      cant say i blame the offense line blame the play calling when murray gets 20 carries were untouchable when he doesent which is every week we lose we gotta get a power back. murray is injury prone how can blame the offensive line for him getting hurt every year i blame the staff for not enough carries and murray for being weak dont get me wrong hes good but not peterson if we could get our hands on him nows the time doit jerry