Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Dallas' future at RB
By Tim Kavanagh
When healthy -- and that's a big qualifier -- DeMarco Murray has been a game-changer at the RB position for the Dallas Cowboys. But, his injury woes have forced them to examine other options, and they cast a shade over his future with the team after his rookie contract expires after the 2014 campaign. This offseason, the club added Joseph Randle in the fifth round, and signed Kendial Lawrence as an undrafted FA; both men may have a significant impact on the future of the position for Dallas.
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com examined the RB position in a post this week, and while it's clear that the Cowboys have some options (some injury-prone options, but options nevetheless) for 2013 and 2014, the future is wide open after that:
Tim MacMahonCowboys position series: RB
"The Cowboys should be set at running back for the next two seasons. They'll have a decision to make on Murray when his rookie deal expires after 2014. There are some in the organization who believe that only the special tailbacks should get significant second contracts in today's NFL. Murray has two seasons to prove that he's in that class. Of course, Randle's performance in those two seasons could also affect what the Cowboys are willing to offer Murray. If he has proven he's ready to be the lead horse, perhaps the Cowboys draft another backup and move on. One thing is for sure: This position shouldn't be a priority next offseason."