Should the Cowboys trade Darren McFadden? Yes, they absolutely should since they used the fourth pick in the draft on Ezekiel Elliott and signed Alfred Morris, who is more than a very capable backup behind that offensive line, in the offseason. They can spare McFadden, who is also the rare trade candidate that teams might actually want.
McFadden is in the last year of his deal and has a nominal $2.15 million cap hit this year. He's also coming off a 1,000-yard season — his first since 2010 — and an average of 4.6 yards per attempt on 239 carries. He ran for more than 100 yards in five games last season, second most in the league, and topped 90 yards in two more. Productive, affordable and a brand name, three things that make him a valuable commodity to teams looking for a running back.
Teams have already inquired about McFadden and Morris, back during the draft, but Stephen Jones shut them down at the time. They wanted some insurance for Elliott, which is logical, but also overlooks the fact that almost any running back plucked off the street can be successful with that line tearing open holes in the field.
The most logical trading partner is the Dolphins. They already reportedly are interested in signing Arian Foster, whenever he gets healthy again. Plus, the Dolphins wouldn't need to lean on McFadden for 25+ carries a game, not with Jay Ajayi on the depth chart too.
This also could be the Cowboys moving cautiously, giving Elliott time to get some time in the offense and make sure he fits, understands it, etc. Once they have a chance to get comfortable with that, McFadden could be moved. It'd be a smart move for the Cowboys, any draft picks they fetch in return could be an important part of their strategy next spring — say they wanted to trade up for a quarterback perhaps.
THE NFL GOT HACKED!
Someone hacked the NFL Twitter account to say Roger Goodell died. A group of hackers known as the Peggle Crew took credit for the most hilarious offseason story since BountyGate. Patriots fans had A LOT of fun with the whole thing.
JPP IS DOING A FIREWORKS SAFETY PSA
Jason Pierre Paul is the new spokesperson for fireworks safety. He's going to record some PSAs for fireworks safety just in time for the 4th of July. There are also pictures of his hand, which are a pretty effective PSA, too.
TALIB THE VICTIM?
Dallas Police release report stating Aqib Talib was a victim of aggravated assault. He also might have been the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but all that's being sorted out right now. The NFL is also promising to look into this, which could mean discipline of some sort.
Rob Gronkowski has an "undisclosed physical ailment", but shouldn't be a concern. It's a class two Gronk strain.
FLETCHER COX WILL GET A NEW DEAL ... EVENTUALLY
Doug Pederson is fully confident Fletcher Cox will get a new contract before training camp. Not long before the draft, the Eagles and Cox were said to be close to a deal, but nothing ever happened. So maybe with fewer distractions in the way they can get something done now.
The Falcons defensive coordinator thinks defense is "much improved." Of course he does!
ROGER IS NOT EMBARRASSED