The Dallas Cowboys are thrilled that the work was finally done to get wide receiver Dez Bryant signed to a long-term deal and in place for years to come. Now, the team is still having to deal with the possible issue of the offensive backfield. Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle are their primary backs at this time, but it seems as if the Cowboys could seriously look at signing Chris Johnson.
The loss of DeMarco Murray's production is something that would be hard for any team to replace, but the Cowboys need to try. Many NFL experts are not entirely sure that McFadden and/or Randle are the answer, but Johnson may be.
By now, Chris Johnson is not going to be the primary back for any NFL team, and he isn't going to get the big contract either. If he wants to get a contract at all though, he needs to take what teams are offering and the Cowboys are interested, according to CBS Sports.
"Certainly, his big-money days are over in the league, but it's not about that at this point for Johnson, particularly after this spring's life-altering events. Eventually he will find his market-value as the right player, at the right time, at the right price. And, call it a hunch, but I wouldn't be shocked if it ends up being Dallas, whether at some point during training camp or the regular season."Back in May, Jerry Jones even said that Chris Johnson was on the "short list" of running backs that the Cowboys were considering. At the time, it wasn't a priority, but with training camp approaching, it may soon be one.
Johnson isn't opposed to playing for the Dallas Cowboys either, and back in May, the former 2,000-yard rusher said as much. He was asked about it, and let it be known that he wants to work.
"I'd fit good in Dallas. They it. Yeah. That's what we're trying to do. Dallas, come holler at me."Back in January, Johnson was shot in the shoulder during a drive-by shooting, and he's still healing from that. Still, Johnson feels he's in playing shape and ready to help a team, and that team could be the Cowboys.
It's hard to believe that the youth of Joseph Randle or the injury-prone Darren McFadden is ready to lead the rushing attack of the Cowboys. That's why these rumors just will not die.
Dallas may end up waiting to see how training camp goes and maybe even the first week or two of the preseason. If an injury occurs, the Cowboys will definitely be calling on Chris Johnson or at least some free agent running back.
[Image via Getty Images]