FRISCO, Texas – Lance Dunbar’s five-year time in Dallas has come to an end. The free-agent running back has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rams, the L.A. club announced Thursday.
How does Dunbar’s departure impact the Cowboys’ running back depth chart?
Dunbar had a specialized role as a change-of-pace runner with the ability to stretch defenses as a receiver. He only played 13 percent of the offensive snaps last season, though, due in part to rookie Ezekiel Elliott’s emergence as a three-down back.
The running back group starts with Elliott, who played 67.5 percent of the offensive snaps and led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards.
Alfred Morris is still under contract for the 2017 season, though he was inactive for three of the Cowboys’ final four games last season, including the divisional-round playoff loss to the Packers, once Darren McFadden returned from the Non-Football Injury list in December.
McFadden became the primary backup to Elliott in those final four games, carrying 24 times for 87 yards, and he re-signed with Dallas on a one-year contract Thursday.
The draft could be an option for adding running back depth, too. The Cowboys drafted Darius Jackson in the sixth round last year despite already having Elliott, McFadden and Morris on the roster. Read