Darren McFadden Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation Around Cowboys RB

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13: Darren McFadden #20 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the game at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 28-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Darren McFadden may be surplus to requirements for the Dallas Cowboys should the team decide to build its backfield around Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris.

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Jones Comments on McFadden Rumors 

Wednesday, Aug. 31 

Cowboys Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones said he did not want to discuss potential offers the team has received for McFadden, as "95% of the time these things never take place," per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

Cowboys Prefer Keeping McFadden Despite Trade Interest

Tuesday, Aug. 30

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the team has entertained trade offers for McFadden but isn't looking to immediately deal him.

McFadden Provides Veteran Experience to Dallas Backfield

While Elliott is widely expected to be the Cowboys' starting running back for Week 1, holding on to McFadden makes sense for Dallas.

Elliott has a wealth of potential but is unproven in the NFL. Although Todd Gurley exceeded expectations with the Los Angeles Rams, that's not always the case with rookie running backs. Melvin Gordon, another first-round pick, had a largely forgettable first season.

Having McFadden on the roster provides the Cowboys with some security in the event Elliott either underwhelms or is injured for a long stretch of the season. He ran for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns and caught 40 passes for 328 yards in 2015.

McFadden shouldn't be considered untouchable. Flipping him for a high draft pick or two would be good value for Dallas, and having Morris back up Elliott at running back wouldn't be a bad situation for the offense.

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It's fair to be skeptical as to whether McFadden can deliver similar numbers to last season for a second year in a row. His career has been plagued by health issues and inconsistency. Still, he's too good for the Cowboys to simply jettison in order to free up a roster spot.

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