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Blogging The Boys Mailbag: Cowboys 2015 Running Back Situation

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In this weeks edition of the BTB mailbag running back was the hot topic. Is DeMarco Murray the answer or do the Cowboys address this elsewhere?

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The popular subject this week is the running back situation and for good reason. DeMarco Murray will be testing the free agency market after the Dallas Cowboys placed their franchise tag on Dez Bryant. The Eagles traded their franchise back to the Buffalo Bills for a linebacker. Could that have any bearing on Murray? Possibly, since many teams philosophy could in fact be that running back isn't a position to put a lot of resources in. Time will tell and we should have that answer come next week when the new league year officially starts.

The name that keeps being linked to the Cowboys is Mark Ingram from New Orleans. He could do well in this offense and couple him with someone like Duke Johnson out of Miami. Both would be ideal for this offense and there are plenty of concerns with putting trust in Joseph Randle.

I do like Clark's length and his relentless motor. He does well in shedding blockers but he will need to work on his pass-rush repertoire. What is tricky about Clark is that he has a domestic violence arrest on his record from back in November. If he is brought in I would think it would be on a free agent contract.

I will admit that would be tempting to replace Murray but don't see a situation where the Cowboys move up to take a running back coming off an ACL tear. Gurley is by far the best running back in the class and could replace 29 almost seamlessly but it wouldn't be smart to move up for him. This running back class is far too loaded to move up for one especially in the first round when the cost would be high.

While there is a lot to be excited about when watching Anthony some of that stock is due to his combine performance. He also stood out at the Senior Bowl showing scouts his range. He is a great option at inside linebacker. It is important to take everything into consideration. The tape being most important but combine provides some good metrics for decision makers. Anthony could sneak into the late first round before it is all said and done.

Outside of those two you would be hard pressed to find someone that is more exciting than Tevin Coleman out of Indiana. He can be a homerun hitter and Coleman has soft hands as a receiver. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports believes that he is very comparable to DeMarco Murray. Coleman also has experience as a kick returner which could come in handy with the possible departure of Dwayne Harris.

One should truly believe that Murray loves it in Dallas. While he is checking out the market I think he will give the Cowboys the option to match the offer. It has been reported that if the offers are similar that he would choose the Cowboys. If he gets a contract in that $8 million range he is seeking Murray will be playing elsewhere in 2015.

If you're looking for the flashy signing look at Greg Hardy of Carolina. There are obstacles to overcome such as his reinstatement to the NFL but the signing would make sense. The Cowboys have a need to upgrade their pass rush but if Hardy is seeking a huge payday it won't come from Dallas. He will likely have to sign a prove it deal with his domestic violence charges that were ultimately dismissed. Cowboys should take a look with who likely will be available at pick 27.

One name that immediately comes to mind is Byron Maxwell who snagged six interceptions over the last two seasons. He is a big physical corner who I wouldn't mind if the Cowboys kicked the tires on. They could bring back Sterling Moore, he really solidified himself as the number three corner. Not a corner but Devin McCourty is the big name free safety to watch for. The safety class isn't particularly strong so free agency might be the way to go.