4 RBs Cowboys can trade for to complete backfield after Ezekiel Elliott signing

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2. Dameon Pierce, Texans

A trade for Pierce was begging to be made after the Texans bafflingly traded for longtime Bengals starter Joe Mixon and subsequently gave him a three-year, $27 million contract. That all but confirmed Mixon will be their workhorse back, but Houston doubled down on upgrading its backfield during the draft when they selected Louisville standout Jawhar Jordan in the sixth round.

Mixon has been a bell-cow back his entire career and that doesn't figure to change now that he's switched uniforms. With Mixon a lock to get 20 touches per game and the Texans likely clamoring to give Jordan some run, Pierce could be hard-pressed to find a consistent role.

Pierce was supplanted as RB1 by Devin Singletary last year and averaged 2.9 yards per carry over 145 carries. It doesn't seem that Pierce is a great fit with Texans offensive coordinator Bob Slowik.

Despite the down year, Pierce is one season removed from taking the league by storm as a rookie. He's one of the best backs in terms of forcing missed tackles and picking up yards through contact. Still just 24 years old, Pierce has two years left on his rookie contract so he'd cost nickels and pennies on the salary cap on top of being available for a day three pick, likely a sixth- or seventh-rounder.