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.