After a 9-7 finish to their season, the Dallas Cowboys are going into the offseason with a plan to improve the depth of their roster.
The linebacker and defensive back positions are likely going to be the team’s priorities, but they will also need to add a running back or two to their roster because they are likely going to lose backup Alfred Morris in free agency.
Morris, who filled in for Ezekiel Elliott while he served a six-game suspension, looked like he could be a starting running back for a lot of teams, and will likely get an offer the Cowboys won’t be able to match because they have to resign players like DeMarcus Lawrence and Zack Martin.
One player the team needs to look at is Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson, a Texas native, has never hidden his desire to play for the Cowboys, but didn’t sign with the team last offseason because he felt he was a starter and knew he wouldn’t see a lot of action running behind Elliott.
Peterson decided to sign with the New Orleans Saints, but was stuck behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, which prompted him to ask for a trade, which was granted.
The former MVP was traded to Arizona, and became the team’s starter after injuries to David Johnson and Chris Johnson.
Peterson showed flashes of his old self at times, and finished the season with 529 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.
With David Johnson expected to be back at the start of next season, Peterson will be relegated to backup duty if he decides to resign with the Cardinals. Also, with Carson Palmer retiring, the Cardinals won’t be contending for a Super Bowl next season, which is something Peterson still hopes he can win.
If he signs with the Cowboys, Peterson will likely be more productive behind Dallas’ offensive line. And since he has a similar style to Elliott, the Cowboys do not need to change their offensive game plan when he is in the game.
Having Peterson will also allow the Cowboys to give Elliott some much needed rest during games, keeping him fresh for the playoffs.