The Dallas Cowboys continue to address their running back position acquiring Christine Michael in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN first reported the deal, which sent a 2016 conditional seventh round pick to Seattle from Dallas, with the team’s official Twitter account confirming the deal.
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Seattle signed veteran RB Fred Jackson, who was recently released by the Cleveland Browns, earlier this week, allowing the Seahawks to explore trades for Michael, who was a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft or the 62nd overall selection.
After the acquisition of Jackson, the Seahawks were loaded at the RB position with star Marshawn Lynch still expected to carry the bulk of the workload of the running game in Seattle. Earlier in the week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted that they were looking to add another young quarterback.
The current RB depth chart for the Cowboys include a rotation of Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar after the team lost star RB DeMarco Murray, who signed a long-term deal with the rival Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the offseason.
“Michael is a square-built player that is thick in both the upper and lower body. He shows an initial burst to and through the hole, he but doesn’t have long range speed. He was much better in the preseason turning the corner with speed than he was last year,” the Cowboys website posted in their scouting report of their new running back. “He’s a physical finisher with the ball in his hands -- more likely to run over you than avoid with moves. Will lower his shoulder or throw a stiff arm in a tackler’s face to buy separation. Always trying to extend the play and fight for extra yards. Runs with lower body power.”
The 24-year-old Michael’s potential was not realized in Seattle as he was playing behind Lynch and other established running backs. In two years in Seattle, he totaled 254 rushing yards on 52 carries in 14 regular season games.