The Cowboys have secured the NFL’s leading rushers back up for the 2017 season.
Per Bleacher Report, the Dallas Cowboys have signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year contract. After an injury plagued 2016 season due to an elbow injury during the Cowboys Organized Team Activities (OTA’s), McFadden is hoping to get back to what he did prior to the injury.
After leading the Cowboys in rushing during the 2015 season, McFadden found himself in a crowded backfield as the Cowboy made a couple big moves to improve the ground game. The first move was to sign Alfred Morris who had spent his entire career playing for the hated rival Washington Redskins. Following that signing, the Cowboys used the fourth-overall pick on Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott finished the season as the best back in football and NFL rushing leader during his first season in the league.
The Cowboys have re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a 1-year deal.
— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) March 16, 2017
Cowboys lose Lance Dunbar but keep Darren McFadden on a 1-year deal.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) March 16, 2017
Injuries have always been a part of McFadden’s career, but he carries so much upside that teams are willing to take chances on him. The Cowboys, unlike other teams in this league have the ability to take a chance like this on McFadden, they do have the best back in football sitting in front of him. If McFadden can gain that elite form, the Cowboys could become even more deadly on offense as they can use both Elliott and McFadden in the same backfield.
The most likely scenario for McFadden is to grab about 6-12 carries a game, but with his burst, he can bust one at any time. All you need is one hole to open up to break, and this offense has the best line in football to do just that.
Do you feel that McFadden can reach that level of play he was at in 2015, or is he just here for emergency purposes only?