Dallas Cowboys Rumors: These Three Free Agent Running Backs And One Wide Receiver Could Be Options For Cowboys

It always seems to be feast or famine with the Dallas Cowboys. This year, America’s team seems to be hungry to get beyond the dreaded injury bug. Banged up in a number of key offensive positions, the Cowboys are attempting to plug the most gaping holes with a flock of free agents.

Here’s the rub for the boys from Dallas: it’s always too much or too little with free agency. Some free agents will “stick” and make terrific contributions to the team, while others will deepen the panic. With Jerry Jones on the throne, even the most obvious free agency moves are not a given. Jerry may have a lot of money, but he doesn’t have a lot of football sense.

Ray Rice – Running Back

Yes, seriously. While Rice’s off the field issues remain a constant source of public speculation and NFL embarrassment, the guy’s available and he can produce.

Terminated by the Ravens in September of 2014 for battering his then fiancée, Rice remained in legal limbo while the courts and the league worked through the charges and attempted to determine next steps. Released from jail and reinstated by the NFL, Rice has been waiting for the right opportunity to arrive.

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Rice would bring productivity to Cowboys. While a Raven, he accumulated a staggering 6,180 yards and 43 touchdowns. A young man at 28, Rice still has plenty of mileage left on his legs and would become a feature back in no time if the Cowboys presented an opportunity to this backfield stud.

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Obviously, any engagement with Rice would necessitate double-secret probation. If the Boys are willing to sign this guy to a contract, it would need to come with considerable behavioral expectations and maybe the watchful eye of a “handler.”

Montee Ball, Jr. – Running Back

Montee Ball, Jr. was an absolute stud at Wisconsin. With an NCAA record 77 rushing touchdowns in his pocket and a consensus first-team All-American designation on his trophy shelf, Montee was considered a “Can’t Miss” when he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2013. Unfortunately, Ball produced nothing close to the 1800+ yards he averaged his last two years as a Badger. Hampered by a heck of a groin injury, Ball was cut from the Broncos’ roster before the 2015 regular season got underway.

What would Ball bring to Dallas? A hunger to prove himself. Unless Ball is a total slacker of a player, we would expect him to bust his butt in an attempt to recover from the unfortunate injury. With a fresh set of legs under him and a trainer helping Montee regain his running form, we would anticipate that this running back would be positioned to make immediate contributions to the team.

The downside risk is this. Perhaps Ball does not have the overall speed to match the feats he was able to muster in the Big 10. Clocking a 4.66 in the 40 usually means a player does not have the motor to truck by an NFL linebacker. That said, Dallas could sign this guy “on the cheap.” Throw Ball on the practice squad, let him get pounded for five days a week, and see how he responds to adversity.

Terrelle Pryor – Running Back/Wide Receiver

If ever there was an NFL journeyman, it is none other than Terrell Prior. The blazing fast former Ohio State star has never found a perfect fit for his freakish talents and temperamental personality. On the upside, Pryor brings elite speed and size to the Cowboys’ receiving corps and wildcat formations. Clocking a sub 4.4 40, Pryor’s a cannonball in the secondary. On any given play, the athlete can “take it to the bank.”

On the downside, Pryor is still trying to live with the fact that he’s not a starting quarterback. Despite having a few bright moments in his signal calling career, Pryor’s inconsistency as a passer meant a change in position. A change this hothead may never be able to overcome. It seems Pryor’s best days were back as a Buckeye. How many cars was it, Terrelle?

That said, you can’t coach talent. This guy has a lot of talent. Like Rice, put some qualifiers on the contract and pull the trigger, D.

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