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Cowboys Swing and Miss on Michael

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Defensive end Darius Philon #93 of he San Diego Chargers tackles running back Christine Michael #36 of the Seattle Seahawks during preseason at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Seahawks won 16-15. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    This post's point isn't to say Christine Michael should've been the starting running back for the Cowboys after he was acquired for a conditional draft pick earlier this season from Seattle.

    Michael didn't know the Cowboys' system, apparently had trouble picking it up and just didn't seem to be a great fit for the Cowboys this season, especially with Darren McFadden having the surprisingly successful year he had, finishing fourth in the NFL in rushing.

    But this season was a wasted one, and the Cowboys apparently wasted a chance with Michael.

    The former Texas A&M star is still in the midst of his rookie contract and after he failed to pick things up in Dallas, the Cowboys cut him loose before the Seahawks snatched him back up after their backup, Thomas Rawls, suffered a season-ending injury while playing for the injured Marshawn Lynch.

    All Michael has done in his three games back with the Seahawks is rush for 192 yards on 39 carries. Maybe he wasn't the answer this year, but it was obvious he had talent and now that's being proven true. Holding on to him would've given them an option for 2016 with a full offseason and training camp, but now he's back in Seattle and he's thriving while the Cowboys are stuck with an aging, oft-injured McFadden.