VIDEO ALERT: Inside Cowboys Michael Trade

We take you inside the Dallas Cowboys' trade for ex-Texas A&M running back Christine Michael.

The Dallas Cowboys have traded a conditional pick to the Seahawks for running back Christine Michael. This marks a change in the club’s thinking on the former Texas A&M star … and yes, CHQ believes we’ve gotten to the bottom of the thinking.

Dallas’s lead back in its RBBC plan remains Joseph Randle. Maybe that won’t change at all; as Fish has noted, he’s scheduled to take the first snaps with the first team at Dallas’ first regular-season practice of the year on Tuesday as preparation for the opener against the Giants begins.

But that Frisco shoplifting thing … and that Wichita windshield thing … and then the excused absence due to a legal matter from this week’s kickoff luncheon …

We smell smoke. We sense fire. (Fish has a Premium piece here that establishes the concerns in-depth.)

Christine (pronounced “Chris-Chin,’’ and we’re sorry for getting it wrong so many times!) has experienced his own problems with immaturity. Are his exhibitions of knuckle-headed behavior behind him? He’ll begin not only behind Randle, but also behind Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.

Maybe he can pass-protect ...

https://twitter.com/abake6/status/640571960619958272

And he's certainly put together ...

https://twitter.com/TheJordanRoss/status/640585137491587072

So ...

He’s a former second-round pick (my error in the video above!), and a power back. The Cowboys gave up next to nothing for him (a conditional seventh-rounder). If he’s a flake, that’ll be that. If he’s a flake and Randle proves to be one, too (and come to think of it, has the NFL ever handed down any punishments for his incidents?!) Dallas will deal with it with yet another trade down the line, we bet.

                            

But maybe Randle will dance out of trouble. And maybe Michael’s credentials (and what seems like a good heart, witness this wonderful "Autism and the Prom'' story) will help the Texas A&M product mature back in his home state. 

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