Does DeMarco Murray Explosion Mean Cowboys Should Have Traded Tashard Choice?

Adam OdekirkContributor IIOctober 24, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Running back DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys breaks free for a 91-yard touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  Murray broke an all-time Cowboy rushing record with 253 yards.  (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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In a game in which Tashard Choice was "named" the starter, despite acknowledgement that rookie DeMarco Murray would get the bulk of the carries, fans have to wonder why Choice was named the "starter" at all.

All Murray did was set the Cowboys' single-game rushing record and create a question as to whether they should hand the rock back to Felix Jones when he returns from injury.

Meanwhile, Choice chipped in with a stout eight yards.

If Choice really has no value left on the field following the emergence of DeMarco Murray, aren't fans right to wonder whether the trigger could have been pulled on a trade to move him out of town?

Just ask fans in Denver about waiting on trade offers. The Broncos saw the trade deadline come and go without an offer for Kyle Orton, due to his poor play. The Cowboys must now sit and wonder what they could have got in return for a player that they will likely no longer need.

Of course, anything could still happen and the Cowboys could find themselves with both Jones and Murray on IR. In that case, the team will be happy that they still have Choice. However, if that were to be the case, then it is likely that there will be bigger problems in Dallas than who is carrying the ball.

Assuming that Jones and Murray become a productive pairing in the Dallas backfield, the Cowboys will wish that they had stocked up on whatever potential draft pick was being offered for Choice.

Fans might wonder what the value of Choice would have even been on the open market, and that is a fair question. However, it's a tough one to answer.

Rest assured, if Jerry Jones was being honest and his phone had rung about Choice, perhaps teams like the Chiefs were offering a late-round draft choice. Otherwise, why would Jones even take the call?

The next logical question is what would the Cowboys do with a late-round draft pick, anyway?

Could they put together a package with Tony Romo and scads of draft picks to move up for Andrew Luck, perhaps?

The idea may sound far-fetched. However, at least by trading Choice they would have options with whatever they were going to receive. As it is, they have an extra running back who doesn't seem to offer the same kind of spark that Jones or Murray do.