Cowboys would be crazy to sign PFF's proposed free agent target

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The Dallas Cowboys roster is in a fantastic position now that the bulk of offseason roster tinkering is over and done with. The front office did great work both during free agency and the NFL Draft, so much so that it will be difficult to narrow down the roster's final product to 53 players.

As we sit here today, there aren't many flaws to point to.

The vacancy at kicker springs to mind, but that should be filled in the form of a veteran before training camp, if not sooner.

Outside of kicker, though, Dallas doesn't need much. They could justify adding depth at certain positions like linebacker, running back and receiver. Running back arguably is the most urgent "need" given Tony Pollard is recovering from high-ankle surgery and a fractured fibula and he doesn't have a clearcut backup.

Pro Football Focus' Brad Spielberger would agree with that sentiment. In a recent article, Spielberger proposed one last offseason move for all 16 NFC teams. He has the Cowboys targeting a running back, but one that most certainly will not move the needle.

Does Darrell Henderson pique anyone's interest? Didn't think so.

PFF wants the Cowboys to sign free agent RB Darrell Henderson

Here's why Spielberger thinks Henderson would be a fit in Dallas.

"The former Los Angeles Rams third-round pick was waived last season and landed with theJacksonville Jaguars, but he was productive as an early-down runner in 2020-2021, earning an 83.8 rushing grade that ranked 14th among running backs. His 40 explosive rushes over the span also ranked in the top 20."

"Dallas awaits the return of top running back Tony Pollard from a broken leg and added dynamic scat back Deuce Vaughn out of Kansas State with an NFL Draft video that caused a lot of tears nationwide, but the team still needs an early-down bruiser who can lower his shoulder and fall forward behind a good push from the offensive line."

The one problem with Spielberger's anlysis? Henderson hasn't been a dependable running back in two full seasons.

Henderson was gifted an opportunity on a silver platter to cement himself as the Rams' lead back in 2021 while Cam Akers recovered from a torn Achilles. By the time the playoffs rolled around, Akers supplanted Henderson as RB1, handling 67 carries during LA's run to the Super Bowlcompared to Henderson's four carries.

In 2022, Henderson had another chance to run away with the starting job while Akers was away from the Rams amid a trade request. Akers ultimately returned after a brief hiatus and Henderson was promptly waived 10 games in.

The 2019 third-round pick was scooped up by the Jaguars, but was waived after 16 days and two games as a healthy scratch.

It's duly noted the Cowboys wouldn't bring in Henderson to log a significant workload -- and it's worth speculating if a move to Dallas would light a fire under the player -- but surely the team can do better at RB than signing the 25-year-old.

Henderson fits the bruiser profile at running back Dallas needs to complement Pollard and Deuce Vaughn, but the production isn't there. We'd sooner rather the Cowboys re-sign Ezekiel Elliott, take a flier on Kareem Hunt, or wait for the Vikings to release Dalvin Cook on June 1.

That is if they're even looking for backfield help.