Sources: Eddie George to Dallas Almost Done

According to reliable sources, the Dallas Cowboys appear to be on the verge of acquiring former Tennessee Titan running back Eddie George. While the deal has not been finalized, the chances of it going down appear to be much greater than what they were at this time yesterday.

Playing in the NFC East and one year removed from a surprising 10-6 regular season record, the Cowboys need a veteran running back.

As of Thursday afternoon, it appears as though they may have found one.

Eddie George, one of the most respected running backs in the league, is close to signing a deal that will bring him to Valley Ranch.

According to several sources, the George to Dallas deal is "extremely" close to becoming a reality.

And why not?

Bill Parcells has a track record of utilizing veteran running backs to carry his team deep into the playoffs after other clubs failed to recognize their potential.

Look at what he did with the New York Giants and Ottis Anderson.

Oddly enough, Eddie George finds himself in a similar situation. As an aging running back, the Titans simply didn't want him. His production had steadily decreased over the course of the 3 seasons, and his explosiveness between the tackles had also come into question.

But there is still gas left his tank, and the Cowboys desperately need his help.

Julius Jones, a rookie, shouldn't be forced into action as the starter this season. Sure, the talent is there in the eyes of the organization, but is it realistic to assume that the Cowboys can make a run deep into the playoffs with a rookie running back and Quincy Carter?

In a word, no.

And that's where a running back like Eddie George comes in. George has rushed for over 10,000 yards in his 8-year career, and he's been the foundation for the Titans' offense since his arrival.

The Cowboys need a veteran running back, and George certainly fits the bill.

The former Ohio State star still has excellent size, his work ethic is unparalleled, and he'll provide some much needed leadership in a locker room that needs it- especially on the offensive side of the ball.

According to sources close to the situation, a deal could be struck between George and Cowboys within the next 24 hours.

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