The Dallas Cowboys are not in the "rebuild" business, per owner Jerry Jones. Instead, they might be in the finding-a-running-back-business as Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle are set to become free agents this March.
There was high hopes for Pollard going into 2023, but he was inconsistent throughout the season. Following the letdown year, the Cowboys are seemingly not jumping to re-sign Pollard. This could lead to them shopping in the RB market.
With Dallas going "all-in" for 2024, it will take more than drafting a running back to revamp this running-core, especially if both Pollard and Dowdle do in fact walk away. With a handful of solid backs entering free agency, the Cowboys must make a splash.
But not a huge splash. With the team finally resetting the money at the RB position, let's underline some ideal free agent fits who can be had at an affordable price.
1. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
We know that names like Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Austin Eckeler and divisional foe D'Andre Swift are up for grabs in 2024. Big-time names with big-time talents, yes, but more than likely Dallas will need to look for the best fit (and at a good price), instead of the biggest name.
Gus Edwards is a guy that has shown heavy improvement over the years and has always stepped in when injuries plagued the Ravens backfield.
In 2023, after getting the starting nod following J.K Dobbins' season-ending injury, Edwards put together 810 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Edwards could give the Cowboys the bruising back they missed post-Ezekiel Elliott.
Edwards does not often break off 50-yard rushing touchdowns but he can be a gem at the goal-line to improve this already-potent offense.
Spotrac shows Edwards market value going in 2024 standing in the 4.5 million per year range. The 28-year-old could be a fantastic value signing for the Cowboys and is a name to watch out for.