The Cowboys released veteran running back Darren McFadden on Sunday, and plenty of folks might draw an immediate connection to a running back needy team like the Redskins. 

Washington, remember, has placed both starting running back Rob Kelley and their dynamic air back Chris Thompson on the injured reserve. Currently, rookie Samaje Perine is the only running back on the Redskins roster that started the season with the team. Behind Perine come Byron Marshall and LeShun Daniels, a pair of undrafted players that Washington claimed off practice squads in the last two weeks. 

The Redskins running back situation is far from settled, and it's possible the team could use a veteran like McFadden. In 2015, in a similar situation late in the year, Washington brought in veteran RB Pierre Thomas off the street to help during a late stretch run that landed the Redskins in the playoffs.

Thomas helped that year. He played in the final four games of the year and a playoff loss to Green Bay, piling up more than 100 total yards.

Could McFadden do something similar?


In 2015, he posted more than 1,000 yards rushing for the Cowboys. In the two seasons since, however, McFadden has hardly played. 

During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, McFadden played in only four games, rushing for just 22 yards. With Ezekiel Elliott suspended for six games, many thought McFadden would get a chance to help in the Cowboys backfield. That hasn't happened, as former Redskins star Alfred Morris and unproven backup Rod Smith have gotten the work. 


McFadden turned 30 in August, generally an age where NFL running backs slow down. And considering McFadden's best trait as a runner was speed, that could be a problem. 

The Redskins don't have a running back over 23 years old on the roster, and that's probably not an accident. 

Some will suggest that Washington should sign McFadden just to gather intel before a crucial Thursday night game in Dallas. Don't subscribe to that theory. NFL teams could do that every week if personnel moves like that paid immediate dividends. 

If Washington signs McFadden, it will be because the front office believes the former University of Arkansas star has something left. It's probably a long shot, but looking at the example set with Pierre Thomas, it's not out of the question. 

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