3 Best Remaining Running Backs to Lead the Cowboys’ Backfield in 2024

These 3 free agents could stil help the Cowboys in 2024

Clyde Edwards-Helaire
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With Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn, and Malik Davis as their top three running backs on the depth chart, it's safe to assume the 2024 rushing leader for the Dallas Cowboys has yet to join the team. They're likely targeting several prospects in the NFL Draft to take the lead role but there are still a few players in free agency they could turn to — especially if the best prospects are gone before they're on the clock in Round 2.

Dallas has too many holes to reach for a running back in the draft, so they should consider one of these three remaining free agents. None are superstars at this point in their careers but they could be the top dog for Big D.

3. Ezekiel Elliott

The "break glass in case of emergency" option at running back is Ezekiel Elliott. A reunion with Elliott would be embarrassing since they're already paying him $6 million in 2024 for not being on the team. That's due to the incredibly oversized extension Jerry Jones signed Elliott to back in 2019. Jones says he doesn't regret the contract but they got out of it as soon as it was financially feasible.

Despite the parting ahead of the 2023 season, Elliott and the Cowboys have remained on good terms. There was even a tribute video played for him when he returned to AT&T Stadium as a member of the New England Patriots.

That's why a return isn't out of the question.

In New England, Elliott had 642 yards with three touchdowns on the ground and another 313 and two scores as a receiver. His yards per carry were a career-low 3.5 but he still rarely lost yardage and managed to suit up for all 17 games. Elliott isn't an ideal option but they could do worse — which is what they have right now.