BREAKING: Cowboys Trade For Christine Michael

Guessing right on the Cowboys' 53-man roster was fun (And easy!) Now comes the less-predictable part: More moves? A trade? Yes, Christine Michael is coming to Dallas. As a No. 4 running back? Will there eventually need to be a new No. 1 ahead of Joe Randle? Premium info from inside Valley Ranch:

If you read our Friday night prediction of who would make the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster as of 3 p.m. Saturday, you already are aware of the coming brag: We nailed it. Every single guy, every single move. 

Good for us. But now comes the harder part and the less-predictable part: What handful of moves will be made in the coming hours ahead of the Giants season-opener? And might one of those moves be a headline-grabber? Here goes, with insight you get only at CHQ: 

QUARTERBACK

Tony Romo

Brandon Weeden

WHAT WE PREDICTED:And how about this: What if Dallas goes with the unusual move of keeping both Vaughan and Jameill Showers on the practice squad?

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW:Yup, that's still the plan. Tim Tebow? The Cowboys' only opening for what he does well would come if Babe Laufenberg retires from the radio broadcast booth.

RUNNING BACK 

Joe Randle

                        

Darren McFadden

Lance Dunbar

Christine Michael

WHAT WE PREDICTED: I know you want Dallas to trade for somebody. But you need to separate yourself from the silliness; Dallas sources told me they never even talked to Denver on Friday about Montee Ball ... I mean, never happened. These are your three. In the unlikely event a "star'' is needed later, I suppose they'll shoot for that. More likely: A cheap, young back who plays teams. Oh, and Gus Johnson is going to beat out Ben Malena for the P-squad.

One more thing: Man, you hope Randle has grown up out of goofballdom.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: Ball never got cut. Nor did Terrence West in Cleveland. Nor did Christine Michael in Seattle. Nor (technically) did Robert Turbin, who as near as I can tell is on the Seahawks season-long IR list. The Pats did cut Jonas Gray, but the Cowboys have no fondness for him. Indeed, it's important to remember what Dallas thought of these guys just a few years ago when they were draft-eligible: In the cases of West and Michael, they were in the box for behavioral questions.

Why would that change now?

I said going into this process that a  fourth-running back better be a "Garrett Guy'', that there's no value in having a fourth-string troublemaker. I might've nailed my 53, but I've gotten this one wrong. Dallas is giving up a conditional pick for Christine Michael  ... who has both injury and behavioral concerns. Was the need for a No. 4 back that great? Apparently. A need for a power back? Yes. Did Will McClay loosen up the "box'' view of him? Absolutely.

Additionally .... put this in your mental filing cabinet: While a knucklehead No. 4 back is not usually desireable ... It can also be a pain to have a first-string runner who is trouble. Cross your fingers that Randle has removed himself from that category. Cross 'em tightly.

Let's call this reading tea leaves for now, but here goes: What if Randle's absence from Tuesday's kickoff luncheon wasn't just about shoplifting in Frisco or about alleged violence in Wichita ... but was, rather, a new incident, a new concern, another screw up?

Michael went from not being on Dallas' radar to where now, as he will be the No. 4 back today. That stinks of concerns over Randle as an off-the-field worry. If I'm right, Michael might rise right up the charts in a month ... as long as he too is not an off-the-field worry.

FULLBACK

Tyler Clutts

WHAT WE PREDICTED: Jason Garrett believes in having one. Period.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: Done deal.

WIDE RECEIVER

Dez Bryant

                             

Terrance Williams

Cole Beasley

Devin Street

Lucky Whitehead

WHAT WE PREDICTED:A.J. Jenkins, I think, was an "almost'' here. If Street reaches the coaches' goals for him, this is a special group, all the way down to Lucky's Percy Harvin-type sub packages.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: Fans like Reggie Wayne. NFL teams don't. He can't run anymore.

TIGHT END

Jason Witten

                                   

Gavin Escobar

James Hanna

Geoff Swaim

WHAT WE PREDICTED: Is there a trade-able commodity here?

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: That's a lot of TEs.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Tyron Smith

Zack Martin

                                   

Travis Frederick

Ron Leary

Doug Free

Mackenzy Bernadeau

La'el Collins

Darrion Weems

WHAT WE PREDICTED: They might be a guy short here -- and they might end up shopping for swing-tackle help. Remember, the rookie Green is on PUP and maybe the rookie Gibson moves to the P-squad.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: The Gibson idea remains in play. The Rams cut Isaiah Battle but we don't think Dallas liked him when he came out. The Jets cut Charles Brown; I am asking the front office about him today. 

DEFENSIVE LINE 

Tyrone Crawford

DeMarcus Lawrence

                               

Randy Gregory

Jeremy Mincey

Nick Hayden

Jack Crawford

Terrell McClain

Ryan Russell

Davon Coleman

Ken Bishop

WHAT WE PREDICTED: So they keep 11 D-linemen? Yeah, I think so. And remember, this is after releasing a good player like Gardner and without counting a great player like the suspended Greg Hardy.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: Cross off Lavar Edwards for the new RB.

LINEBACKER

Sean Lee

                   

Anthony Hitchens

Damien Wilson

Kyle Wilber

Andrew Gachkar 

Jasper Brinkley

Keith Smith

WHAT WE PREDICTED: Remember, like Hardy above, Rolando McClain doesn't count against this group yet. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: But unlike Hardy, McClain CAN continue to practice with the team for the next month. You know, if he's in the mood or whatever.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Brandon Carr

Mo Claiborne

Barry Church 

                     

J.J. Wilcox

Tyler Patmon

Byron Jones

Corey White

Jeff Heath

Danny McCray

WHAT WE PREDICTED: The Cowboys aren't done looking here. Tim Scott will be a practice-squadder. He came on fast.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: Remember on waiver claims, they go in at 11 a.m. Sunday. (Teams will know tonight if they get their new guys.) Dallas is 27th in order there, so the higher-quality players -- relatively speaking, because remember, that name you as a fan might like is a name that his own team just cut -- might get snapped up by the first 26 teams.

SPECIALIST

Dan Bailey

                                            

Chris Jones

L.P. Ladouceur

WHAT WE PREDICTED: Nailed it!

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: The Cowboys are done with specalists but of course they aren't done. This was the 53 at 3 p.m. Saturday ... with more moves, more churning, to go. A fourth RB soon? We bet so. Some real knucklehead-type concerns about Joe Randle? We're worried it is so, yes.


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