Sometimes players have talent but no luck. At those times a fresh start can do wonders for a pro football athlete. That time seems imminent for Felix Jones. Should the Dallas Cowboys talk with the San Diego Chargers about a deal?
DeMarco Murray has helped speed NFL downfall of Jones in Dallas
Two years ago, fans still had faith Felix would emerge as a homerun-hitting running back for the offense to use. Five years of injuries have dumped those expectations on a growing fire calling for his removal from the roster. When coupled with the rise of unlikely star DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys are fast running out of reasons to keep Jones on the roster beyond the preseason. He hasn't had a great training camp according to team sources and seems just one good hit away from finding his spot back on injured reserve. Dallas doesn't have the time to wait for him to solve those problems. Their Super Bowl hopes are for this season and he seems less and less part of it every day. As it stands, owner Jerry Jones plans to keep Felix through 2012 but by the words of coaches he might have to save the money to get rid of him. All that said, Jones is still only 25 years old. If not for the injury problems he would just start entering his prime by now. Would the Cowboys think this is enough to trade him?
Ryan Mathews injury puts the Chargers backfield in big challenge
One team that has reached Condition Red at running back is the San Diego Chargers. They already lost fullback Mike Tolbert to NFL free agency. This put the ground game solely in the hands of third-year running back Ryan Mathews. San Diego had high hopes when they drafted him to replace All-Pro superstar LaDainian Tomlinson. Though Mathews has steadily improved, his problems took a bad hit when he broke his collar bone in the first preseason game against Green Bay. First hopes were he could return for the regular season opener. However, as doctors got better looks at him it has become clear Mathews might not return to the Chargers roster until October. That is at least four regular season games San Diego will have to play without a proven running back. Though they have quarterback Philip Rivers, it is the kind of injury that can ruin a season, especially since the Chargers are known for slow starts. That is where the Jones question comes in. Taking him through trade is an obvious risk, but the rewards are huge if he can round himself back into shape and avoid injury. Dallas gets compensation for letting him go and San Diego gets some insurance at least until Mathews returns.
DeMarco Murray is the man for the Dallas Cowboys now. Felix Jones had his chances but bad luck worked against him. Now the Chargers lose Ryan Mathews. If he doesn't want to risk another failure in Texas, Jones can give it a go on a team that needs him.