The Duel

3 Veteran Running Backs Cowboys Could Sign While Ezekiel Elliott Holds Out for New Contract

By Braulio Perez
Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams
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With Ezekiel Elliott apparently in Mexico and further away from Cowboys camp than we could have imagined, things are looking a bit tricky for Jerry Jones and Co.

After reportedly agreeing to a new deal with Alfred Morris, it's clear the Cowboys are preparing to move forward with or without Zeke on the field. Even Jones' latest comments proves he's in no rush to give in and reward Elliott with a monster new contract.

Yikes. Well, if Elliott pulls a Le'Veon Bell and holds out into the season, Dallas will truly need some more help to contend in the NFC. So, who's still out there?

Here's a look at three veteran running backs Dallas could bring in while they wait out the Zeke situation:

1. LeGarrette Blount

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Blount may be 32 years old, but there's no denying he's a bruising back who can get plenty of yards after contact. He spent last season with the Detroit Lions, but unfortunately averaged a career-worst 2.7 yards per carry. However, the Cowboys offensive line is miles ahead of Detroit's. Given the chance to make plays in Big D, Blount could no question make a difference and help Dak Prescott out.

2. Jacquizz Rodgers

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The former Oregon State star is certainly the opposite of Blount, as he checks in at 5-6, 205 pounds and is more of a slasher than power RB. He appeared in 16 games for the Bucs last season, being held to 106 yards rushing, but adding 304 receiving yards. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and turn up the gridiron is a big reason why he's been in the league since 2011. Could Dallas give him another shot to continue his pro playing days?

3. Stevan Ridley

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Ridley isn't the kind of speedster who will make a team's offense elite, but he's done more than enough in his career to be considered a serviceable option. Though his best days (when he was with the Pats) are certainly behind him, this is still a guy who rushed for 1,263 yards in 2012. He played in 10 games for the Steelers last year. He's appeared in 74 games for his career and made 27 starts. His eight years of experience can't be forgotten either here.


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