Cowboys better not think about signing newly-released veteran RB

Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets running back James Robinson (23) breaks
Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets running back James Robinson (23) breaks / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Following the conclusion of mandatory minicamp last week, the Dallas Cowboys have a six-week break until training camp in late July. The elongated pause will allow the front office to turn over every stone to upgrade the roster.

While the Cowboys' roster isn't crying out for talent, some positions would benefit from the addition of a grizzled veteran. The team is currently without a starting kicker and the expectation is that Dallas will sign one or two players to compete with Tristan Vizcaino, the only kicker on the roster.

Though kicker is a huge need, the state of the running back room will be the biggest Cowboys storyline leading up to training camp.

A number of fans would like Dallas to sign another back. There isn't much talent left in free agency, but it should be clear to Will McClay and the rest of the front office about which players the team shouldn't chase.

Hopefully, the newly-released James Robison falls under that category.

The Cowboys would regret signing RB James Robinson

It was just two years ago that Robinson took the NFL by storm as an undrafted rookie. In 14 games, Robinson rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on 4.5 yards per attempt. He added 49 catches for 344 yards and three scores en route to being named to the league's All-Rookie Team alongside offensive stars Justin Herbert, Jonathan Taylor and Justin Jefferson.

An injury to Travis Etienne allowed Robinson to maintain the bell-cow role in Jacksonville the next season, but he took a distance backseat to the 2021 first-round pick last year and he was ultimately traded to the Jets mid-season.

The Jets hoped Robinson would ignite a spark to their running game after talented rookie Breece Hall's season-ending knee injury, but he hardly saw the field and finished with 29 carries for 85 yards in four games.

Robinson then went on to sign a one-year, $2 million contract with the Patriots, but he was released this week after three months due to an ability to stay on the field. It's unclear what injuries (or injuries) Robinson sustained since he signed, but he's battled multiple ankle injuries in his career, including a torn Achilles near the end of the 2021 season.

In a vacuum, Robinson has declined every year since his rookie season. While he won't turn 25 until August, only has 514 carries on his ledger and could be had for less than $3 million, the Cowboys would be better off looking elsewhere to bolster their backfield or simply playing their young guns.

Robinson is now three years removed from his breakout rookie year and he hasn't looked like the same player post Achilles surgery.

Don't even think about it, Jerry Jones.

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