The Dallas Cowboys are going to have to make a decision about what to do with Darren McFadden now that he is able to return to the team after missing the first six weeks on the Non-Football Injury list.
Due to the depth at the running back position for the Cowboys and the way that Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris have been performing, it doesn't look as if there is any room on the roster for McFadden.
The only scenario that I see the Cowboys keeping McFadden around is if they decide to move on from Lance Dunbar because of his reoccurring injuries. McFadden could be that 3rd down back and still provide insurance if anything were to happen to Elliott or Morris.
I however think the Cowboys would be wise to see what McFadden's trade value is since he is entering last year of his contract. That way they would receive some kind of compensation instead of letting his contract expire and McFadden would receive the opportunity to play more.
I think there will be plenty of teams interested in a player that finished 4th in the NFL in rushing just last season. Below are a few of the teams I could see showing an interest in trading for McFadden.
Darren McFadden back to the team that drafted him 4th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft?
The Oakland Raiders look like a playoff team and have been pretty impressive on offense and defense, with maybe the exception of their rushing attack.
Right now, Latavius Murray is banged up and hasn't been all that impressive even when he was healthy. That leaves the Raiders with two rookie RBs handling the workload.
They are currently ranked 13th in the NFL in rushing averaging 110 yards a game, but McFadden might just be the missing piece to make them a dangerous playoff contender.
Personally, I would love to see this happen. It would just be a great storyline for McFadden to return to the Raiders and lead them to a playoff berth.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have recently been hit pretty hard by the injury bug at the running back position. Eddie Lacy was just recently placed on injured reserve and James Starks had knee surgery just a few weeks ago.
They just added Don Johnson to the active roster after being on their practice squad and also traded with the Kansas City Chiefs for Knile Davis. But, neither are likely to be as productive as Darren McFadden would at running back.
The Packers are currently ranked 16th in the NFL in rushing with 105.2 yards per game, so thinking Johnson or Davis is going to improve things might be a long shot, McFadden might though. He might be the spark the Packers struggling offense needs.
Despite being the only unbeaten team in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings rank dead last in rushing in the NFL with a measly 70.6 rushing yards per game.
Darren McFadden would probably be an upgrade over what they currently have on the roster, but I don't know if the Dallas Cowboys would want to make this trade considering they still have to play the Vikings Week 13.
I think it would all depend on what the Vikings are offering as compensation.
The Seattle Seahawks have been known as a running team the past several years with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, but with his retirement the team is ranked 25th in the NFL averaging just 88.8 rushing yards per game.
Darren McFadden would probably be an upgrade over Christine Michael and would likely increase the Seahawks chances of making the playoffs.
Improving the running game would take a lot of pressure off of Russell Wilson and help the entire offense.
Much like the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions are dealing with injuries to their top two running backs. They are so desperate for help at the position that they recently brought in Justin Forsett to help.
The Lions are currently 26th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 88.7 yards per game. To say that Darren McFadden would be an upgrade in their backfield would be an understatement.
Again, I don't know if the Dallas Cowboys would want to make this trade since they still have to play the Lions Week 16 this season. It would all come down to what the Cowboys were offered as compensation.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are averaging 88.6 rushing yards per game and are currently ranked 27th in the NFL.
I don't really know if they would be in the market to trade for any player, especially considering the fact that they are one of the worst teams in the league. But, Darren McFadden could immediately step in and improve their rushing attack.
The Buccaneers may prefer to just wait and draft a running back after the season, but you never know what team might be interested in a proven veteran RB.
The Miami Dolphins tried to add veteran experience to the running back position during the off-season when they added Arian Foster, but reoccurring injuries continue to give him problems.
Like the Buccaneers, the Dolphins might not be in the market to trade for a RB since they are longshot to make the playoffs.
If the Dolphins do show interest in McFadden it would be to help QB Ryan Tannehill this year and add some veteran experience they thought they would get from Foster to the running back position.
In all honesty, if anyone wants to trade for Darren McFadden it will probably be a team looking to make the playoffs this year. So, that would leave the Raiders, Packers, Vikings, and possibly the Seahawks as the teams that might show the most interest.
What team do you think would be interested in trading for Darren McFadden?
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Legendary Cowboys Quarterback Backs Dak Prescott
Things have not gone well for Dak Prescott this season. His play has been up and down and he hasn't given the team or Cowboys Nation much reason to believe that he's the future at the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas today, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach offered support for the Cowboys current quarterback, Dak Prescott.
Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.
Roger Staubach on @1053thefan said #Dak is a part of the problem with the #Cowboys offense, but he is not the problem.
Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.
As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.
Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.
Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.
It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.
Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.
Cowboys Activate WRs Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir, Release Thompson and Decoud
For the second straight week, the Dallas Cowboys will go into a game with a new look at the wide receiver position. Such a rotation was expected when the team moved on from Dez Bryant this offseason, who also found a job this week with the New Orleans Saints. Debuting Amari Cooper as their new star on the outside Monday night, the Cowboys will add Noah Brown and Lance Lenoir to their WR corps in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Brown began practicing with the team for the first time since training camp last week. The Cowboys had to make a decision within three weeks on his roster status for the rest of the season, choosing now to activate the second-year draft pick.
Brown is a trusted blocker on the outside that has a year in this offense under his belt. Though he wasn't used much as a rookie, it's clear that the Cowboys envision Brown being a part of their future, releasing this year's FA signing Deonte Thompson in favor of both him and Lance Lenoir.
Thompson caught just 14 passes in Dallas, injured against the Titans as he conceded the jet sweep role in the Cowboys offense to Cornerback Jourdan Lewis for the second straight week.
Lenoir earns his shot after a year with the Cowboys himself, albeit off the practice squad. The UDFA out of Western Illinois has been a fan-favorite since arriving in Oxnard and making plays. Lenoir's toughness as a receiver that can stretch the field and high point the ball against contact is something the Cowboys have had a need for all season, not finding a spot for Lance until now.
Treston Decoud is the other player cut from the Cowboys roster to make room for both receivers. The defensive back was active for his only game with the Cowboys against the Titans, signed to the practice squad in September.
Coming off a loss in which Cole Beasley was targeted just four times and Ezekiel Elliott carried 17 times, the Cowboys may need to focus on getting their established play makers more involved this week to have a chance on the road. This may limit the immediate impact that both Brown and Lenoir could make, but at 0-4 in road contests this season, the Cowboys are desperate for any signs of life in an NFC East that remains for-the-taking.
Jerry Jones Sees An Extension Coming for QB Dak Prescott, Despite Latest Loss
The Dallas Cowboys 28-14 loss on Monday night to the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium was crushing to their hopes of making the playoffs out of a weak NFC East this season. Remaining in the hunt with a 3-5 record may be the only thing stopping the Cowboys from making immediate changes in personnel or coaching. This season's struggles, mainly on offense, have also not changed the long-term outlook for the Cowboys at the most important position in sports -- quarterback.
Just as Jason Garrett frustratingly remains the guy at Head Coach, and Scott Linehan at Offensive Coordinator, Quarterback Dak Prescott is on track for an extension following the 2019 season according to his owner and GM Jerry Jones.
Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, he's young and he's gonna get extended." - Jerry Jones on @1053thefan. Holy cow. The worst news of the year.
The Cowboys have yet to win on the road this season. With trips to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Indianapolis still to come Dallas could play their way into a forced change at one of these three positions.
With so many new first-year coaches in the building, the Cowboys might not see a suitable replacement for Garrett and Linehan at The Star right now though. Without a first round pick, traded for Amari Cooper in favor of any 2019 receiver prospects, the same could also go for Prescott.
Extending Dak while remaining aggressive about upgrading at QB could be the smart choice for the Cowboys. Nothing about their current makeup points to this being the case, but a decision on Prescott's contract is not due until after next season.
Getting a passer that's accomplished more than Prescott on the team for next season is understandably difficult. The top free agent quarterbacks are likely Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown, who would both do little more than cash checks they don't deserve against the Cowboys cap.
Prescott can do the same thing for another year on his rookie deal, and beyond on a contract that pays him like the backup QB the Cowboys should be preparing for.
This lines up well with a crop of 2020 QB prospects that are already in the national spotlight, such as Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert. Of course, the Cowboys would have to struggle once again to pick high enough for either passer to be a possibility.
It also remains to be seen if Herbert will declare for this year's draft instead.
It's been quite the fall from grace for Dak Prescott, who managed nine wins in a season where Running Back Ezekiel Elliott was lost for six games just a year ago. Now, the Cowboys take Elliott out of games themselves with a game plan that relies on Prescott being someone he isn't.
The end result has been Prescott ending up on the losing end of too many games where he simply didn't do enough for the Cowboys, hardly an enviable position to be in at QB in today's high-scoring NFL.
Jerry on Dak: "He's gonna get extended." @1053SS and @RJChoppy: *stunned silence* https://t.co/kSrCjB8QP5
Who Prescott is on a merely factual level is a fourth round pick that's not consistent enough from the pocket to win games. The entire Cowboys organization can't be blind to the fact that running out this same coaching staff with Prescott under center in 2019 is a punt on an entire season, a stark contrast from their win-now approach with Prescott in 2016 and most of 2017.
That 2017 season that yielded nine wins, which would require a 6-2 record for the Cowboys from this point on, did ultimately result in the firing of/changing of seven coaches below Garrett and his coordinators.
What Jerry Jones doesn't see is a viable option for the team to move forward without Prescott. At least as of Tuesday morning, off a Monday loss, and at the very least not before the end of next season. What Cowboys Nation sees is a quarterback that would hardly be viable elsewhere, especially in a Dallas organization that's literally proving why they aren't a fit for a QB like him while talking about a contract extension.
A coaching change would be the only thing the Cowboys can do to create some optimism for Prescott, giving their new coach a proven commodity at quarterback and allowing him to make a decision from there. Jones didn't sign off from 105.3 The Fan without further votes of confidence in his top coaches, but talks of extending them are silently in the distance.
A Dak Prescott extension should rightfully be the end of the coaches responsible for handing him the keys and steering him off path from 2016 Rookie of the Year to reeling 2018 starter still feeling the effects from how last season ended.
The Cowboys desperately need further change, and if it's not coming soon at quarterback it should be expected elsewhere.
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