With the 2016 NFL draft more than two months away, much of the speculation regarding the Dallas Cowboys has had to do with their pick at No. 4. While the draft remains a hot topic among Cowboys’ fans and analysts, rumors are now coming out that may link Miami Dolphins free agent running back Lamar Miller to Dallas.
As reported by the Inquisitr, the Cowboys are a frontrunner among experts to sign former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte. While Forte is 30-years-old, also known as the age where most running backs are finished, he has been remarkably effective over the past few seasons. Despite splitting time last year with rookie running back Jeremy Langford, Forte still managed a solid season with seven total touchdowns and nearly 1,300 all-purpose yards.
Regardless of Forte’s ability to still be a solid contributor, Miller may be a much stronger option for the Cowboys. Miller, who will turn 25-years-old in April, is only beginning to show his true potential as a running back. While the Dolphins have painfully used Miller incorrectly over the past few seasons, he has shown that he belongs in the NFL when given snaps.
Miller’s breakout season came in 2014, when he rushed 216 times for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 275 yards receiving. For whatever reason, the Dolphins’ coaching staff decided to lean more heavily on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2015. Despite only receiving 194 carries, Miller still rushed for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 47 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns.
Considering the Dolphins’ limited usage of Miller over his four seasons in the NFL, he will still be a very young 25-year-old in NFL years for the upcoming season. Strangely enough, the Dolphins are apparently looking to re-sign Miller, according to the Miami Herald. Regardless of their plans, does Miller want to re-sign with a team that has poorly managed his carries over his career? Dolphins general manager Chris Grier recently spoke about Miller and his future with the team.
“We drafted them. We know them. We’d love to have them back. But the discussion is once the coaching staff evaluates and see how they fit, but they’re certainly players that we have great affection for and have done a great job for us, so we’ll see what happens.”
Miller then took to Twitter to announce that he believes he will have the greatest season of his career in 2016.
Is that going to happen in Miami? For a team that has failed to use him correctly, why exactly would he want to return?
One team that has shown a commitment to running the football is the Dallas Cowboys. While their record of 4-12 during the 2015 season was a massive disappointment, the Cowboys are set to bounce back in a big way for 2016. After serious injuries to quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Cowboys just were not the same team last year.
With one of the best young offensive lines in the league, Miller could thrive in Dallas. While the Cowboys’ running game struggled last year, much of the headaches could be attributed to the lack of Romo and Bryant on the field. None of the running backs that the Cowboys attempted to plug into the lineup are as talented as Lamar Miller, either.
After Miller’s tweet regarding his desire to have a monster season, Cowboys’ fans started the recruitment process on Twitter, as first noticed by 247Sports.
And the fans have a point. Current Philadelphia Eagles and former Dallas Cowboys running DeMarco Murray had one of the greatest seasons in NFL history running behind the Cowboys’ line in 2014.
While Miller still has time to make his decision, expect the Dallas Cowboys to be a real possibility for the young running back. Rumors will continue to heat up regarding the Cowboys’ offseason moves, and the upcoming draft is going to be crucial for the team’s success for the 2016 season. With the NFC East looking weak again, the Cowboys could run away with things if they manage to get their hands on Lamar Miller.
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