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The Cowboys should trade Darren McFadden while they can

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Easier said than done, but if Dallas can entice some team like the Dolphins to make a deal, they'd be wise not to pass on it.

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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 DolphinsThey 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.

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