Free-agency series: Running backs
DeMarco Murray, Phillip Tanner, Lance Dunbar, Lawrence Vickers
Analysis: If Murray can stay healthy, the Cowboys have a legitimate lead horse. But that’s a huge if after injuries marred his first two NFL seasons. The Cowboys must acquire a backup capable of carrying the load if Murray goes down. Team executive vice president Stephen Jones is on record with the opinion that Tanner and Dunbar, a couple of undrafted backs with local roots, are No. 3 RB types. The Cowboys could also make a change at fullback if they can find a cheaper and/or more effective alternative than Vickers, who was a disappointment after signing as a free agent last offseason.
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Need meter: 6. It’d be ironic if Jackson or Mendenhall came to the Cowboys in free agency, considering the controversy when the Cowboys passed on them to pick other backs in the draft. That, however, is extremely unlikely. The return of Jones, the Cowboys’ first-round bust from 2008, as a stopgap backup is more likely if he can’t find an attractive offer in the free-agency market. But there are plenty of recent examples of mid- to late-round backs playing major roles as rookies. It makes sense for the Cowboys to go that route to address their need.
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Play Podcast Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss this week's minicamp and Dez Bryant. Claiborne will join the show to discuss the latest Cowboys news all season.
Play Podcast Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and you won't believe who he says is the Cowboys' best player.
Play Podcast Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to talk about Dez Bryant's talent and potential.
Play Podcast Glenn "Stretch" Smith and Matt Mosley talk about their time at Day 2 of Cowboys minicamp and discuss Monte Kiffin's defensive principles and his growing relationship with the players.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL insider John Clayton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the Cowboys and Tony Romo missing OTAs.
Play Podcast ESPN senior NFL analyst Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss another busy week for the Cowboys at Valley Ranch.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss how Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and others spend lots of time with their receivers and if it matters that Tony Romo is not participating in OTAs.
Play Podcast Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what he's looking for during the third session of OTAs, a potential Sean Lee contract extension and why people underestimate Miles Austin's value.