Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The case for Cowboys keeping Felix
By Tom Carpenter
For only the second time during his five-year career, Felix Jones took part in a full 16-game season in 2012. He battled through injuries to do it but appears to be healthy this offseason.
"Jones played with two sore knees last season. He walked like a man who was 60 years old, and at times looked slow on the football field," wrote Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. "But Jones, who doesn't need offseason surgery, earned praise from executive Stephen Jones, who said the running back played through some things that would force others to sit."
Jones is set to become a free agent this offseason, but it's not clear whether the Dallas Cowboys will make the effort to re-sign him. As it stands right now, they have an injury-prone DeMarco Murray as their featured back and Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner as his primary backups. Watkins thinks the Cowboys may be wise to bring Jones back, though:
Calvin WatkinsShould Felix Jones return?
"It's doubtful Jones will receive a big money contract with another team to become a starter because of his inconsistency, but maybe, just maybe, Jones can sign a one-year contract and become a dependable backup to Murray. Jones is good at picking up the blitz, and two other younger backups, Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner, struggled last season and saw their playing time on offense reduced dramatically. Jones would be a good fit as a backup because he is a veteran and perhaps new running backs coach Gary Brown could revitalize his career."