One team is green with envy at the Dallas Cowboys' situation.
With the announcement that Green Bay Packers' running back Eddie Lacy will require surgery to repair an ankle injury and will be placed on injured reserve, the Packers find themselves with precious little depth in the backfield. This means the Packers' already struggling offense will likely be without their featured running back for the remainder of the regular season.
With backup James Starks still several weeks away from returning from a knee injury, the team will look to newly acquired running back Knile Davis for the foreseeable future. The Packers have no depth at the position, as they have only Don Jackson and Ty Montgomery to back up Davis for some time to come. The three men have only five career starts combined, and with Aaron Rodgers already struggling, the team can ill-afford a weak running game moving forward.
Enter the Cowboys.
The Cowboys are in the exact opposite situation, with an embarrassment of riches at the running back position. The Cowboys have rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott leading the way, with Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar both active as well as rookie Darius Jackson. However, there is one Cowboys' back who seems left out of the equation. Veteran running back Darren McFadden set to return from the NFI (Non-Football Injury) list and has declared himself "ready to go" this week. Unfortunately for him, there doesn't seem to be much room for him to get carries. McFadden suffered a broken elbow in a home accident that has had him sidelined since Memorial Day, and since then has lost the job he was supposed to have to start the season.
If the Cowboys are hoping to win now, they could leverage a deal with the Packers for McFadden and gain some necessary pieces to make a run at the Super Bowl.
One aspect of the Cowboys' game that still requires work is their pass-rush, and the Cowboys could use McFadden to strike a deal. The Packers could be willing to package veteran OLB Julius Peppers, who probably has one or two good seasons remaining. The Packers might be willing to part ways with Peppers and a 2017 mid-later round pick to acquire McFadden. Peppers has 2.5 sacks on the season, which is more than any Cowboy up to now, and McFadden has more rushing yards and touchdowns in his 2015 season alone than all three Packers' running backs have in their careers combined.
Peppers could be useful to the Cowboys in a situational role, and the Packers could gain a ball carrier who is hot off a 1,000 yard campaign.
With the Cowboys holding all the cards, a trade like this one could prove beneficial for both organizations.
Source: The Football Feed · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press