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3 Free Agent Running Backs for the Dallas Cowboys

The NFL frenzy has come and gone, and most teams have turned their attention to the , which is now less than three weeks away. The still have a few holes that could be filled by , and today I want to look at a few running backs who could help fill out the before the NFL Draft.

At the moment, the only running backs on the roster for the Dallas Cowboys are workhorse , , and . That isn't going to work when the Dallas Cowboys head into and the regular season.

3 FA RBs Who Could Fit the Dallas Cowboys

They still need to add a back, whether in the NFL Draft or in .

Andre Ellington

Previously of the and , Andre Ellington has made his mark in the NFL as a pass-catching back. However, early in his career with the Cardinals, he recorded two seasons where he rushed for more than 600 yards.

He's averaged nine yards per reception over his career and had 39 and 33 receptions in the last two seasons, respectively. He'd be a good passing-down back who could motion out to the slot at times when the Dallas Cowboys wanted to go with an empty-backfield look.

The Downside to Ellington is that he's 29 years old. Age typically is a telling factor in the production of running backs. The vast majority don't age well.

He'd come cheap and you could have him on a one-year deal.

Charles Sims

A similar type of player to Ellington, Charles Sims actually had a 50-catch season in 2015. He's never had a catch percentage less than 70% and was utilized primarily as a pass catcher for the .

When needed to run the ball in 2015, on more than 100 carries, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

At 6-0, 214lbs, Sims has the size to carry the ball for you, but also has the receiving prowess to be a threat on passing downs.

Shane Vereen

Most recently of the , Shane Vereen has had four seasons in which he caught 40 or more passes.

Vereen really made his mark with the as a passing-down option for them. He did contribute to the New York Giants, but they never found the same success with him that the Patriots did.

Now 29, Vereen could still be a formidable passing-down back for the Dallas Cowboys and for his career has averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

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Even if the Dallas Cowboys added a player in free agency, it wouldn't preclude them from drafting a running back like (a favorite of mine) in the later stages of the NFL Draft. I would allow for some down the depth chart competition at the running back position.

John Williams
John Williams
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Saul Molina

I think those running backs would be a waste of time they wouldn’t be out rod smith

John Williams

They wouldn’t, but they are a different back to Elliott and Smith. Purely for passing downs.

Saul Molina

I just hope they don’t get them we don’t need to waste money on guys that are almost done or guys that aren’t even relevant


Just draft one in the later rounds. None of these FA running backs do it for me.

John Williams

I’d rather have a guy like Nyheim Hines or Akrum Wadley as well, but if the draft doesn’t fall that way, might as well take a back that makes your RB depth chart a bit more versatile.


We just need to draft one and unless we couple up some draft picks to move up in the first couple rounds then we have plenty of picks and can get a quality RB in the 3rd/4th round that would be a low floor high ceiling guy to learn behind Zeke….

John Williams

Absolutely. I’d much prefer to go get a guy in the middle to late rounds, but i it doesn’t fall that way, I’d take a flier on one of these guys.

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