With the news that the Buffalo Bills are releasing running back LeSean McCoy, should the Dallas Cowboys consider signing him with Ezekiel Elliott absent?
The Dallas Cowboys have found themselves in a pickle to start the regular season. After months of negotiating for a contract extension, the team and All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott seem to be at an impasse. So much so, it now appears that Elliott’s holdout, which caused him to miss both training camp and the preseason entirely, will extend into the regular season.
The Cowboys are now preparing to play games without Elliott in the backfield. Although the team does have a talented rookie running back in fourth-round selection Tony Pollard, and they sign veteran Alfred Morris, the team is expected to struggle on the ground without the presence of Elliott.
But final cuts have afforded the Cowboys an opportunity to remedy some of their rushing woes. On Saturday morning it was reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Buffalo Bills will release six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, making him a free agent. The 31-year old could be a perfect stand-in for Elliott in Dallas.
With the prospect of playing behind the Cowboys’ formidable offensive line, McCoy might find the Cowboys to be an attractive landing place to jumpstart his career. If so, he might be signed to a one-year deal that would allow him to prove his worth playing in the premier position for any running back in the league. The one-two punch of McCoy and Pollard would go a long way in replacing the production lost due to Elliott’s absence.
As a side effect, the signing of McCoy could spark contract talks between Elliott’s camp and the Cowboys, especially if the player feels the team is comfortable moving on without him.
The sticking point to a potential deal with LeSean McCoy might be money. The 10-year veteran was due to receive $6.175 million in 2019, according to Pro Football Talk. But the Cowboys might be able to persuade McCoy to sign a team-friendly deal considering he’s coming off a season where he posted career-lows in both rushing yards (514) and yards per carry (3.2).
So what do you think? Should the Dallas Cowboys kick the tires on a possible deal with LeSean McCoy? Would it send the wrong message to Ezekiel Elliott? Or would it spur Zeke’s camp to finally make a deal? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.