Sorry, but the Cowboys have an undeniable roster imbalance. Heavy here. Way too light there.
As I detailed yesterday, they will struggle to patch together a defensive line capable of producing a pass rush. But, meanwhile, they will likely have a capable, 1,000-yard rusher — or two — merely standing on the sidelines.
It didn’t make sense to sign Alfred Morris as a free agent if you planned to draft Ezekiel Elliott. Throw Darren McFadden into the mix and, voila, running back overload.
Despite the logjam, vice president Stephen Jones says he doesn’t see a problem and, therefore, won’t solve it via trade.
“We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs," Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently, "and we just don't have that interest."
McFadden is only 28 and coming off a 1,000-yard season in a 4-12 campaign. Morris has 1,000-yard seasons and Pro Bowls on his resume. And Elliott, of course, wasn’t drafted 4th overall to be a part-time player.
If Elliott is the star Dallas anticipates then Morris won’t see the field, especially if and when Lance Dunbar returns from his knee injury. A trade to bring in a pass-rusher makes too much sense. A way of balancing the Cowboys’ budget, no?
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.