3 worst moves the Cowboys will regret from 2023 offseason

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1. Not adding a viable Ezekiel Elliott replacement

The offseason isn't over, so this is subject to change if the Cowboys pursue Dalvin Cook or another veteran back to deploy behind Tony Pollard.

In the meantime, though, it's hard to look at the running back depth chart and not come away uninspired. As awesome as Pollard was last season, and as much excitment Deuce Vaughn brings as a gadget player, the room lacks a back who can keep defenses honest between the tackles.

Ronald Jones fits that profile, but he's now three years removed from his last needle-moving campaign. After rushing for 978 yards and seven touchdowns on 5.1 yards per attempt in 2020 with the Buccaneers, Jones has totaled 498 yards on the ground on 4.15 yards per carry in the two seasons since.

The potential silver lining is Jones should have fresh legs after he became an afterthought in the Chiefs' backfield in 2022. He could just as easily be cut before the end of training camp given he was guaranteed just $305,500 on his contract.

Releasing Ezekiel Elliott undoubtedly was the right call, but it won't mean much on the field if the Cowboys don't add a capable back behind Pollard, assuming none of Jones, Rico Dowdle or Malik Davis are the answer.