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.
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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.