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Report: Cowboys have discussed trading Felix Jones

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The emergence of DeMarco Murray last season could spell the end of Felix Jones‘ run in Dallas.

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Cowboys have had internal discussions about trading Jones and that it “wouldn’t surprise anyone” if he’s let go should the Cowboys take a runner in the middle rounds of the draft to serve as Murray’s complement next season. Jones entered last season with hopes of being the Cowboys’ featured runner, but injuries limited him to 12 games and 575 yards.

It didn’t help Jones that Murray burst on the scene when given an opportunity thanks to Jones’ injury. Given a chance to start in Week Five thanks to Jones’ sprained ankle, Murray set a single-game Cowboys record with 253 yards and had the second-longest touchdown run in Cowboys history when he went 91 yards for a score. Murray finished the year with 897 yards and missed the last three games with an ankle injury. His average of 5.5 yards per carry ranked second in the league among players with at least 50 carries.

Jones has shown more than a few flashes of talent since joining the Cowboys as a first-round pick in 2008, but he has only been able to stay healthy for an entire season once. He’s only a year older than Murray, but 2012 is the last year of his contract and his future probably lies elsewhere if he has any designs on being the main man in a backfield.

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41 Responses to “Report: Cowboys have discussed trading Felix Jones”
  1. jcg23 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:19 PM

    I love the guy, but if we can get something for him this year instead of letting him walk next year. Do it. Murray is the future. We need a beater to be the number 2 behind him.

  2. scoops1 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:26 PM

    Bye bye mush mouth

  3. bobhk says: Apr 11, 2012 4:30 PM

    Another Jerry Jones draft bust….

  4. staff2cj4td says: Apr 11, 2012 4:30 PM

    Dallas needs d-backs, Detroit needs RB depth, swap Alphonso Smith for Felix Jones. Change of scenery for both may be what they need to progress.

  5. rajbais says: Apr 11, 2012 4:31 PM

    He’s tradable???

    I remember how blazing fast he was out of college. Now he looks too thick or slower than he should be.

  6. virger says: Apr 11, 2012 4:31 PM

    Green Bay

  7. westcoastraider says: Apr 11, 2012 4:31 PM

    Hes more than welcome to come to Oakland and resume his career as DMC’s Back up…

  8. mute617 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:34 PM

    What about reuniting with McFadden in Oakland.

  9. justanotherdummy says: Apr 11, 2012 4:37 PM

    Why would anybody trade more than a couple of kicking tees and some rolls of tape for Felix Jones? He has not been a stellar performer in Dallas because he cannot stay on the field and running backs can be found in the mid and later rounds in the draft. Maybe the Cowboys are looking to pick up an extra 6th round pick?

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 11, 2012 4:38 PM

    Cowboys have more busts than a playboy mag.

  11. 49erstim says: Apr 11, 2012 4:43 PM

    What can you possibly get in return? He is quick, but much too injury prone. I remember watching him get drafted and a Cowboys fan friend of mine was livid. “shoulda taken f*¢*¡ng Mendenhall!” Ahhh fun times. Jerruh should really start going against his gut instinct. Pretty sure he’d roll the dice on Tannehill #1 overall. Lol

  12. sledgehorn says: Apr 11, 2012 4:49 PM

    Tashard Choice
    Jamaal Charles
    Kevin Smith
    Steve Slaton
    Felix Jones
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Chris Johnson
    Darren McFadden
    Jonathan Stewart RB
    Matt Forté
    Ray Rice
    Ryan Torain
    Tim Hightower
    Justin Forsett

    All in the same draft.
    Just goes to show how easy it is to find a good RB these days … and how quick they can vanish.

  13. nemesder says: Apr 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    i wouldn’t be against the skins using one of their late round picks for him, he has that one cut speed that would be great for their offense

  14. thebigcaptain2011 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:56 PM

    What value is there for a”#1 back” who hasn’t had “#1″ production nor “#1″ health on a #3 team? 7th round? McFadden has been a bust, too and a good client of mine who happens to be a Raiders fan feels like if they can get a 5th rounder for him they should take it. Mix that with the lessening in value for runningbacks and you have a bust that will net you nothing.

  15. bhindenemylines says: Apr 11, 2012 5:00 PM

    Too earlier to trade Felix. With the Cowboys’ recent luck, if they do they will lose all of their other RBs on the roster by Week 8.

    Don’t do it, Jerry. Tashard Choice was a decent insurance policy for a few years; Felix should be the same for at least 2012 so we can see how Murray recovers.

  16. ronswansonsdinner says: Apr 11, 2012 5:06 PM

    Tampa for their 5th or 3rd

  17. alaricsrevenge says: Apr 11, 2012 5:13 PM

    Doesn’t matter, Romo is still their QB.

  18. dallasfan89 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:19 PM

    Not sure they would get much for him, but a fourth or fifth round pick would be cool. Plenty of middle round RBs available like LaMichael James.

  19. dirtydrynn27 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    While everybody is praising Demarco,I think he has all the makings of being injury prone!!!! What Dallas is doing is replacing one bad ankle for another!!!!

  20. Soulman45 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    The Cowgirls is at it again no one won’t a has been or a never was.

  21. h8trsgonnah8 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:55 PM

    Is at it? Won’t a has been. ^^ Nice dude.

  22. mlmeier says: Apr 11, 2012 6:00 PM

    Not sure how much he’s owed, but it seems foolish to release him even if Dallas does add a RB in the draft. It’s not like he’s been completely ineffective when on the field, and with DeMarco’s injury last year, depth at RB will be important for them.

  23. bozosforall says: Apr 11, 2012 6:12 PM

    Is Jerry just trying to cut all ties with the University of Arkansas after the Petrino debacle.

  24. leevi98 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:12 PM

    Who in the hell would trade for a small RB who has not been able to stay healthy every year he played? Which is why the Cowboys are thinking of trading him to begin with! I doubt the Cowboys will get a trade offer for him…Only way a team would take a chance is if they’re is no risk..Which would mean nobody is giving up draft picks. They would sign him if he is released and a team could sign him for cheap!

  25. ppc50 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:13 PM

    I had a chance to meet Jones a couple years back, very nice guy. I think Dallas should not trade him if they get only a 5th round pick, he is a decent player. I think Garrett should call some plays for Jones to get him into open space. I like James from Oregon, if he is available, but it is a gamble if he sticks later on draft day and Dallas needs RB depth.

  26. jw5111 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:51 PM

    Mcfadden for the first eight games(injury), Jones for the second eight(injury).

  27. mmcdan133 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:14 PM

    Sledgehorn, that is one the more eye popping posts I’ve seen in a while. Anyone who thinks the Bears should pony up to Forte after reading that is insane. They are truly like tissue paper.

  28. eastbayboss says: Apr 11, 2012 7:16 PM

    Jones is an average rb.

  29. ericn42000 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:39 PM

    Felix Jones is the absolute worst RB in Cowboys history. What a waste of a 1st rd pick…….BUUUUUST

  30. canofcorn66 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:47 PM

    Murray was 7th in the league in Y/A for players with at least 50 carries:

    http://pfref.com/tiny/EEt4n

  31. deathtoromo says: Apr 11, 2012 7:47 PM

    A stick of gum and a booger for Felix Jones.

  32. boswivel says: Apr 11, 2012 7:58 PM

    Why does everyone bust on Felix’s injuries and ignore DeMarco’s. He went down like a mermaid, I thought he broke both ankles. Two decent guys, it’s broken but don’t fix it.

  33. cup0pizza says: Apr 11, 2012 8:06 PM

    Really couldn’t get anything for Felix. I’d prefer that Dallas keep him, anyway, just in case.

  34. boswivel says: Apr 11, 2012 8:12 PM

    If you want to get creative in a trade, why not for a nose tackle or pass rusher. That’d be awesome, Jer.

  35. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 11, 2012 8:45 PM

    The Bills should offer Tashard Choice, a 7th round pick, and a pair of isotoner gloves autographed by O.J.. Might be too much.

  36. ppc50 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:51 PM

    ericn42000 says:
    Felix Jones is the absolute worst RB in Cowboys history. What a waste of a 1st rd pick…….BUUUUUST

    ————————————————————

    Not really – Sherman Williams – 1st Rd out of Alabama, Julius Jones – 2nd Rd., Darryl Clack – ASU – 2nd Rd., Curvin Richards – Pitt 4th round, Derrick Lassic – Alabama 4th Rd.. That is naming only a few weak RBs on the Cowboys. Was Jones picked too high? In hindsight – yes, but he is still a dynamic player.

  37. exhibits5 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:54 PM

    the jets will offer a. 4th and 6th round pics in this year’s NFL drafts for felizs Jones

  38. gslavens says: Apr 11, 2012 8:55 PM

    Murray is the way to go. Trade Felix!!

  39. kodakinvegas says: Apr 11, 2012 8:57 PM

    What are gonna get for him ? A 86 Caprice. Haha Felix Jones SUCKS

  40. cup0pizza says: Apr 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    Felix doesn’t suck, but in typical Dallas fashion they have exhibited no clue as to how to use the guy. Never should have been drafted so high with aspirations to be a feature back. If anyone is to blame for how far Felix’s stock has fallen, it’s the inept Cowboys organization and that idiot Jerry Jones.

    If Felix’s football career fades away, he’d be one heck of a Dave Chapelle body double.

  41. usuallysneeringatyou says: Apr 12, 2012 7:05 AM

    Whatever he once might have been, what he is now is a north-south runner who runs to — and into — blockers instead of running to daylight.

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