There have been some rumors surfacing around the future of San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James, and the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys have been brought up as possible landing spots. With an already muddled backfield, the Cowboys would be making a mistake trying to bring in James.
James hasn’t had much of an NFL career thus far, having tallied only 39 carries for 184 yards in two seasons. The 49ers have Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter as their running backs. They also have young talent with big potential in Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde.
Let’s face it, there is always doubt about Gore’s health after having two ACL surgeries. Lattimore may never live up to the hype after suffering one of the most gruesome knee injuries of all time. Hunter is a serviceable back, and who knows how Hyde with handle to transition from college to the NFL. So why is San Francisco in such a rush to rid themselves of James?
If I were the Cowboys I’d steer clear of this situation for a couple reasons.
The Cowboys have a similar situation on their hands with their running backs. DeMarco Murray is very good but often injured. Joseph Randle was okay in limited action last year. Recently signed Ryan Williams adds depth, but he sat out out all of last year in hopes of getting his body healthy. Lance Dunbar provides big play potential but is recovering from a knee injury.
Also, why would the Cowboys want to trade a mid-round draft pick for a player to be a special teams guy? The Cowboys already have Dewayne Harris as their special teams ace on kick returns and kick coverage, so James wouldn’t be needed there either.
It’s obvious the 49ers have been underwhelmed with James so far, but in the end I don’t think Dallas nor James would benefit from this trade scenario.