Cowboys + Shonn Greene? Keep Door Open Here

IRVING - The standard line on the Cowboys' view on scrap-heap running backs? 'He's not better than what we've got.' The line on just-released runner Shonn Greene? Sources inside Valley Ranch tell CHQ that line is a little more blurry.

It's Dallas Cowboys conventional widsom: DeMarco Murray is gone. His heirs can't match his accomplishments. Dallas is always in the "talent-evaluation business.''

So every time a running back you've heard of pops up as available, the Cowboys are connected to that running back.

But this one -- Shonn Greene, just released by the Tennessee Titans -- is slightly different.

When, in recent months, I've asked Cowboys management about Ray Rice and Chris Johnson and all the other scrap-heap names (see all the psuedo-possibilities here) , I get firm "no's.'' But in the case of Greene?

As of Tuesday midday, that door hasn't been shut so firmly.

Greene signed a three-year, $10-million contract with Tennessee in 2013 and was scheduled to make $3.25 mil this season to close out that deal. But he did very little to earn that wage with the Titans as he ran for 392 yards and two touchdowns during the 2014 season after running for 295 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

Tennessee has put together his group of replacement guys, the team having drafted Bishop Sankey in the second round of the 2014 draft and David Cobb and fullback Jalston Fowler in this year's draft. Greene seemingly saw the writing on the wall there this offseason and didn't take part in the team's OTA program.

Is there still something there from Greene's Jets days, when he put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Can he compete with the present stable in Dallas, made up of Joe "MeatBone'' Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar, Ryan Williams and, for now, young street-free-agent Lache Seastrunk from Baylor?

I'm told the Cowboys will give this some consideration, making it different from the "no-thanks'' views on Rice, Johnson and most of the rest. He's 5-11, 233, so he doesn't automatically fit the "big-back'' desire I've touched on. He turns 30 in August, so he violates the tenets of staying away from the running-back cliff. And he really hasn't been effective since his 2009 rookie year with the Jets. He can be signed by anyone, to a new deal, because he's a vested veteran. And Greene might not be worth much. But for the moment? The Cowboys personnel department thinks he merits at least a moment of consideration.


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