If the Dallas Cowboys are without running back Ezekiel Elliott to start the season, will they regret not taking a flier on Adrian Peterson?
Dallas Cowboys second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott reportedly may be facing a “short” suspension to start the 2017-18 campaign, stemming from a domestic violence allegation dating back to last year. After a dominant rookie campaign, it could serve as a big blow to a Cowboys offense that relies on Elliott being the focal point of opposing defenses.
Although they do have a solid pair of veterans in Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, it’s fair to wonder if the Cowboys were better off signing another veteran back in the offseason. And by veteran running back I’m talking about Adrian Peterson. You’ve heard of him, right?
Peterson wound up signing essentially a one and one deal with the New Orleans Saints that pays him just $3.5 million in 2017. His 2017 salary is fully guaranteed, but the Saints are free to let him go without repercussion if he doesn’t perform, as none of his $3.5 million salary for 2018 is guaranteed.
While there are certainly question marks regarding A.P.’s production at age 32, his role on the Cowboys would be limited. He’d spell Elliott at times to keep the young workhorse fresh, and he would certainly be an above-average fill-in if indeed the second year man faces a suspension.
The Cowboys also face question marks on the offensive line, as they will have two new starters this season. The line should certainly still be a strength, but with a guy like Peterson who’s run behind plenty of crappy lines in his career, he would be the perfect power-back…
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