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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2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The Cowboys front office likes to bring in former first-round picks who didn't pan out at their previous stop. Oftentimes, the player is more than capable of producing at the NFL level but hasn't lived up to their draft status. That leads to their original franchise moving on but for Dallas, they're not as heavily invested, so they're fine with them being a role player.

This could be the case for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was selected at No. 32 overall in 2020 by the Kansas City Chiefs. As a rookie, the LSU product started 13 games and had 1,100 yards from scrimmage with five total touchdowns. That was his best season as a pro as he struggled with durability from that point on and was eventually replaced by Isiah Pacheco.

Edwards-Helaire finished his Kansas City career with 1,845 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per attempt over four seasons. He was also a decent receiving option with 89 catches for 765 yards and seven more touchdowns. However, he had just 223 yards in 2023 while managing 3.2 per attempt.

A change of scenery could be exactly what he needs and perhaps he would be able to keep the Dallas running game from being completely abysmal. If nothing else, he could be a third-down option since he was still solid in that department in 2023 with an average of 11.1 yards per catch.