Looking Away From Murray: Mark Ingram

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One of the biggest offseason questions facing the Dallas Cowboys after their 13-5 season, and one that will need to be answered sooner rather than later, is whether they bring back running back DeMarco Murray on the heels of his record-setting season.

Emotion and sentiment says it's a no-brainer, but logic might say otherwise.

So what if the Cowboys let Murray walk after the greatest season in franchise history for a running back? Where could the Cowboys go as an alternative?

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Some folks are suggesting dipping into the draft, which might feature the deepest running back class in quite some time, but that would preclude them from taking a defensive player with their top pick — a huge need.

So what about the free agency route? And what about a guy with a track record of being a No. 1 back but a workload of a guy who's been splitting carries two, or even three, ways throughout his NFL career.

What about Mark Ingram?

Ingram is a free agent and coming off a career year for the Saints in which he finally wrestled away the starting job from a gaggle of running backs in New Orleans. The Saints still worked in Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas, but make no mistake, Ingram was their man.

So don't you think Ingram would love to go to a place where he's guaranteed to go back to his college workload when he was a workhorse for Alabama and run behind the best, young offensive line in football? I do.

Ingram ran for 964 yards and nine touchdown while missing three games due to injury, so you're looking at more of an 1,100-1,200-yard rusher and that doesn't even account for him splitting so much time early in the season for the Saints.

This seems like a match made in heaven, so go ahead and make it happen, Jerry.

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