The Dallas Cowboys will need to find a complimentary running back during the offseason as they will see several backs hit free agency. Here are some options.
The Dallas Cowboys will look to fill up some of the holes on their roster with players who have hit free agency. During the offseason the team will have a decent chance to find fantastic compliments to starting running back Ezekiel Elliott. There are several players who could be incredibly productive behind the Cowboys top tier offensive line.
The Cowboys will have plenty of options to fill the void left by their departing running backs. There will be a ton of options to choose from as the team looks for their next complimentary running back.
With running backs Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar hitting the open market the team could look to bring in some new blood at the running back position. While that may seem risky in other years, with a true starting running back on the roster the team can experiment and be flexible with the players behind Elliott.
Several intriguing options should be free agents this year as the running back position is one of the strongest in terms of the talent available. Los Angeles Chargers primary passing down back, Danny Woodhead, could make for an excellent veteran addition to this roster.
Woodhead could come in on third downs and be a terrific passing target for the Cowboys. Despite his injury history, the Chargers most productive passing back could be worth the risk in terms of price and potential production.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been enjoying having two starting caliber running backs on their roster for the last couple of years as DeAngelo Williams has had some of his strongest seasons as a pro. Williams is a powerful back who can lead on offense on the ground. His production is unquestioned and he has been a lot more healthy than he has been in the past.
Williams would make a terrific every down back for a team looking for a lead back but not looking to spend the draft capital in acquiring one. He would also fit in well with this Cowboys offense and the last of starting snaps thanks to Elliott could keep him healthy and extend his career.
Next up, we have the San Francisco 49ers running back DuJuan Harris who was one of the more interesting players to watch for the 49ers last season. Harris is a shifty back that has a decent mix of speed and power. He also is one of the younger backs on this list so adding him during his prime could be an added bonus.
Harris should also be fairly cheap as the Cowboys look to save much of the free agent budget on a veteran pass rusher or a quality defensive back. Harris would be an intriguing addition to this young Dallas team. Former Arizona Cardinal Andre Ellington could also come at a discount after being fairly injury prone for the large part of his career.
Ellington has not had the offensive line that the Cowboys have so he could potential be a pretty big sleeper in terms of complimentary players. Ellington should be fairly cheap and could be a reliable passing down option if he comes to Dallas. My favorite potential target on this list is Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata.
The Vikings power back has had a nose for the end zone during his time with the club and has been terrific in filling in for Adrian Peterson while he was injured. The Cowboys could use Asiata in multiple ways and he is a pretty decent pass and run blocker as well. It is unlikely that Asiata will command a ton of money on the open market and should be fairly affordable for the Cowboys to bring on to their roster.