Stephen Jones: Veteran running back not a priority right now
Veteran running back Chris Johnson told a TMZ cameraman that he’d be a good fit with the Cowboys and invited the team to “holler at me,” but it appears the Cowboys plan to do their hollering in different directions at the moment.
The Cowboys passed on taking a running back during the draft, making good on owner Jerry Jones’s assertion that the need to add a rookie back to Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar was “not urgent.” The team doesn’t seem to feel any different about veteran backs based on executive vice president Stephen Jones’s answer to a season ticket holder’s question about adding Johnson to the mix.
“We haven’t visited with Chris, and we can’t talk about him because he’s a free agent. But right now we’re looking at the guys that we have on our roster,” Jones said, via the team’s website. “He is somebody that is on a short list of ours that we think could ultimately come in and do some good things for us if we asked him to. But I wouldn’t say it’s a priority right now.”
The younger Jones has previously pointed to the Patriots’ acquisition of LeGarrette Blount during the 2014 season as an example of how teams can find veteran help in unexpected places. Waiting until November might not be the best plan, but there figure to be other opportunities as rosters shuffle around the league in the current months should the Cowboys shuffle their priorities.