A Pro Bowl RB May Have Just Become Available for the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys should consider trading for a former Pro Bowl running back who is now available.
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The Dallas Cowboys just finished the 2024 NFL Draft without selecting a running back, much to the dismay of their fans.

This leaves a massive hole at the running back position, consisting of Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn. Barring an Ezekiel Elliott return, nothing will cut it for Cowboys fans heading into next season.

Unless the Cowboys manage to bring in another Pro Bowl rusher, the odds of that significantly increased over the past few days following the draft. One name to watch is Miles Sanders of the Carolina Panthers.

Panthers RB Miles Sanders May Be Available Via Trade

Miles Sanders lost his snaps and starting role to Chuba Hubbard last season. The former Pro Bowler finished the 2022 campaign with the Eagles with 1,269 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, before signing a four-year, $25.4 million deal with Carolina in the offseason.

Like every other Panthers member, Sanders struggled to make an impact. He finished with a career-worst 3.3 yards per carry on 129 attempts, and only scored one touchdown last season.

Furthermore, the Panthers drafted a high-end running back in the second round when they selected Jerry Jones' favorite rusher in Jonathon Brooks of Texas, making him the first RB selected in the 2024 NFL Draft. The addition of Brooks makes Sanders even more superfluous than before, opening him up in trade discussions.

When asked about it, Panthers general manager Dan Morgan said they still believe in Sanders, but will keep their options open regarding any deal.

"I think it’s just more . . . we’re always gonna be, if you wanna say, in on every deal. We’re always gonna keep our ear to the pavement and just kinda be open to everything."

Panthers GM Dan Morgan

It's hard to imagine that Sanders would be too difficult to get. A 2025 late-round pick should be enough to lure the former Penn State standout to Dallas. After how last season went for the Cowboys' running back rotation, even the declining version of Sanders might be an upgrade.

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