A couple months ago, I wrote that Tashard Choice probably isn’t going to be a Dallas Cowboy anymore after the 2011 season, as this is the final year of his rookie contract, and it appears Jason Garrett doesn’t trust him. Nursing a calf injury, Choice has yet to play in the preseason, while Felix Jones has excelled, and a couple of hungry wannabe Cowboys in Lonyae Miller and Phillip Tanner have had their moments. Add in that rookie DeMarco Murray, who has also yet to play, is a mortal lock to make the team.
The issue is that the NFL isn’t hurting for good running backs these days. In fact, they’re sort of a dime-a-dozen. Look at some of the 2s around the league at the RB position:
|Team||2nd RB||Team||2nd RB||Team||2nd RB|
|Bears||Chester Taylor||Falcons||Jason Snelling||Raiders||Michael Bush|
|Bengals||Bernard Scott||Giants||Brandon Jacobs||Rams||Cadillac Williams|
|Bills||C.J. Spiller||Jaguars||Rashad Jennings||Ravens||Ricky Williams|
|Broncos||Willis McGahee||Jets||LaDainian Tomlinson||Redskins||Ryan Torain|
|Browns||Montarrio Hardesty||Lions||Jerome Harrison||Saints||Mark Ingram|
|Chargers||Mike Tolbert||Niners||Kendall Hunter||Seahawks||Justin Forsett|
|Chiefs||Thomas Jones||Packers||James Starks||Texans||Ben Tate|
|Colts||Donald Brown||Panthers||Jonathan Stewart||Titans||Javon Ringer|
|Eagles||Ronnie Brown||Patriots||Stevan Ridley||Vikings||Toby Gerhart|
Choice would likely not be anything more than a 3rd RB on any of the above teams this late into camp. There are, however, 4 teams (other than the Cowboys) not listed above, that might make some sense: The Cardinals, Dolphins, Steelers, and Buccaneers.
(Cont. after the jump)…
– The Cardinals just traded Tim Hightower to the Redskins, and then promptly lost rookie 2nd round pick Ryan Williams to a season-ending injury. They’re left only with Beanie Wells and return specialist LaRod Stephens-Howling.
– The Dolphins lost Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to free agency, and traded for Reggie Bush. They can’t possibly view Reggie Bush as a primary back, can they? Perhaps rookie Daniel Thomas will be the mail carrier, but it couldn’t hurt to give Choice a look, and obviously, the Dolphins have a history of bringing in ex-Cowboys.
– The Steelers surprisingly don’t have a ton of depth at RB. They like Isaac Redman as their 2, but Mewelde Moore is aging and fading. Choice brings a similar skill set to the table as Moore.
– The Bucs have the power guy in LaGarrett Blount, and another RB/FB tweener power guy in Earnest Graham. A guy like Choice could bring some versatility to an improving team.
If I’m Jerry Jones and one of those above teams came at me with an offer of a 5th round pick, I don’t think I’d hesitate for a second… and I think I’d strongly consider a 6th.