Cowboys waive RB Choice

Posted Oct. 29, 2011 @ 1:34 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 29, 2011 @ 3:57 p.m. ET

The Cowboys waived RB Tashard Choice on Saturday to make room on the 53-man roster for rookie OLB Bruce Carter, who has been on the non-football injury list.

Choice was rumored to be on the cutting block earlier this season after the team drafted RB DeMarco Murray. Choice has one start in six games this season and has rushed for 75 yards on 28 carries (2.7-yard average).

Choice played in all 16 games each of the last three seasons. He had 472 rushing yards in 2008. Murray rushed for a franchise-record 253 yards last week.

According to ESPN Dallas, if Choice clears waivers, the team will reach an injury settlement with him. Choice suffered a shoulder injury in last week's win over the Rams.

RB Felix Jones remains out with an ankle injury, leaving the Cowboys with Murray and rookie Phillip Tanner in the backfield for Sunday night's game against the Eagles.

Carter suffered a season-ending knee injury last November during his senior season with North Carolina. He is expected to see some time on special teams and at inside linebacker.

 

PFW fantasy spin

It's not surprising the team let Choice go after failing to move him before the trade deadline. Everyone used to talk about his talent and potential, but it never came about. At this point, you can waive him. Whether he winds up with another squad isn't relevant as he'd have to learn a playbook, gain chemistry with the team and heal from a shoulder injury. You don't stash a player like Choice on your roster. He has a season average of seven utilizations (attempts plus targets) for 24.3 offensive yards and zero touchdowns, hardly numbers that warrant doing anything but waiving him. 

Murray had a huge game against the Rams, but they are one of the league's worse teams and he carried the load, something he won't do when Jones returns -- one reason to sell high if you can. Before the Rams game, Murray's average per carry, below 3.0, wasn't instilling long-term confidence and makes one wonder if this game was a fluke. He has good hands, is built like a receiver and has had durability concerns throughout college. In fact, he was injury-prone in college, having to deal with toe, foot, knee, hamstring and ankle injuries. Knock on wood that he stays healthy, but it's another reason to sell high.

Head coach Jason Garrett won't commit to a starting back when Jones returns, but look for both to see time as Murray has never carried the full load, even in college. With his durability concerns Murray belongs in a time-share to keep him healthy. He will see most of the carries until Jones (ankle) returns. Sell high while you still can.