Stephen Jones: Veteran running back not a priority right now

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Veteran running back Chris Johnson told a TMZ cameraman that he’d be a good fit with the Cowboys and invited the team to “holler at me,” but it appears the Cowboys plan to do their hollering in different directions at the moment.

The Cowboys passed on taking a running back during the draft, making good on owner Jerry Jones’s assertion that the need to add a rookie back to Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar was “not urgent.” The team doesn’t seem to feel any different about veteran backs based on executive vice president Stephen Jones’s answer to a season ticket holder’s question about adding Johnson to the mix.

“We haven’t visited with Chris, and we can’t talk about him because he’s a free agent. But right now we’re looking at the guys that we have on our roster,” Jones said, via the team’s website. “He is somebody that is on a short list of ours that we think could ultimately come in and do some good things for us if we asked him to. But I wouldn’t say it’s a priority right now.”

The younger Jones has previously pointed to the Patriots’ acquisition of LeGarrette Blount during the 2014 season as an example of how teams can find veteran help in unexpected places. Waiting until November might not be the best plan, but there figure to be other opportunities as rosters shuffle around the league in the current months should the Cowboys shuffle their priorities.

15 responses to “Stephen Jones: Veteran running back not a priority right now

  1. Translation: we’re very happy to leave the Vikings twisting in the wind with AP.

    Once they come to their senses, there is probably a deal to be made.

  2. “can’t talk about him because he’s a free agent. ”

    These rules are going right over my head … Vrooom!

  3. So the plan is, when McFadden goes down for the count in about game 3 they are going to try and snag some one who has recently been kicked off another team for smoking rope, or being constantly late for meetings, etc. ala Blount?

    Sounds like a great plan. Good luck with that.

  4. Gotta feel for fans of the Cowboys…

    Many have wanted and been waiting for Jerry to retire… well the apple didn’t fall far from the tree…

    The Cowboys led the NFL in rushing attempts last season…

    Darren McCan’t”stay on the field”Fadden isn’t terrible… but they NEED more depth at running back…

    I know he said not right now, but there is little difference between May, August and Sept…

    In reality, there is a need for more help… yes they have time but things like this are why the boys have been a .500 team for the past 17 seasons or so overall with very little playoff appearances.

    If what you’re doing isn’t working, you need to try something different. Y’all are going on two decades of the something isn’t working…

    And statements like this don’t seem like you’re trying anything different.

    Same old same old…

  5. If you watch some of the game film from last year when Randle was taking snaps, he looked really good and the offense didnt miss a beat.

    Stats tidbit: Randle rushed 51 times last year and averaged 6.7 yards per carry.

    6.7.

  6. Even the Washington Freaking Redskins hired a real football person – they have one great running back and are concerned that they need more.

    Dr. Jerruh Jones has a third rate running back from Oakland and fourth rate backups – without a strong running game, Dex Bryant will be double teamed and Tony Romo will be blitzed into retirement by halfway through the season.

    Keep on doing what you be doing, Jerruh – you are a delight to behold!

  7. laserw says:
    May 6, 2015 9:07 PM
    Keep on doing what you be doing, Jerruh – you are a delight to behold!
    ==============================================

    4 out of the last 5 1st round picks have made the pro bowl. So, agree!

  8. Chris Johnson’s career is over. Everyone but he knows that.
    In fact, he is the reason that no back will ever sign a big contract again. His epic failure after signing a big contract ruined for every RB from now on.

  9. seanx40 says:May 7, 2015 3:24 AM

    Chris Johnson’s career is over. Everyone but he knows that.
    In fact, he is the reason that no back will ever sign a big contract again. His epic failure after signing a big contract ruined for every RB from now on.
    —————

    McCoy and AP signed bigger contracts after CJ’s, but you’re on to something with that accusation that he single handedly devalued the position for the entire league.

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