Could Marshawn be the Cowboys linchpin in Dallas?


Why the Dallas Cowboys should consider acquiring Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch will start the 2016 on the wrong side of 30 and coming off of a season in which he averaged only 3.8 yards per carry and scored only three times on the ground. Add in the emergence of fellow Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls and Lynch’s stay in the Emerald City seems numbered.

With the emergence of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line over the last two seasons, numerous running backs have been linked to the Cowboys whenever free agency occurs and this is unlikely to stop soon. From Mark Ingram to Adrian Peterson to Chris Johnson practically begging Dallas to sign him, it has become the equivalent to every star free-agent being linked to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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One of the problems the Cowboys had this season was finishing their runs and that particular skill is one of Lynch’s fortes. Cowboy’s running backs Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar both showed last season that they can fit into a complementary role but neither are lead backs. But with Lynch as the bell cow, McFadden can be the change of pace back capable of making big plays and Dunbar can be a  receiving threat out the backfield and third-down target.

Last season, McFadden accumulated 1,089 yards on 4.6 yards per carry. And while he played well given the circumstances, he did not always finish his runs to gain extra yards. He has also been injury-prone for most of his career although he has not missed a game the last two seasons. Adding Lynch will allow him to get 10-15 touches a game and not have to risk McFadden wearing down as the season progresses.

Marshawn Lynch may be seen as an enigma but his teammates have always loved him and he has never gone less than all out on the field. In an era of football players receiving criticisms for being too brash and outspoken, Lynch’s biggest problem is that he does not want to talk to reporters. He may not be as outspoken as Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo or Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant but his work-ethic would be gladly welcomed in Dallas.

The only current problem with Lynch to Dallas is his current 2016 salary of  $9 million with a $2.5 bonus against the cap. If the Cowboys can get Lynch at the right price, they should definitely consider bringing in Lynch if not as the bell cow, as a role player and stopgap while they develop another player. Last season they brought in three running backs that sat behind him in Seattle in Robert Turbin, Rod Smith and Christine Michael. So hopefully, Lynch would fare better than his backups.

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