Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Jerry: Trading Tashard Choice 'doubtful'
By Tim MacMahon
Felix Jones' high ankle sprain makes it unlikely that the Cowboys will deal Tashard Choice before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said on KRLD-FM that two teams have contacted the Cowboys about Choice, but it's "doubtful" that a trade will be made.
"Any time anybody calls you, you give it some thought," Jones said. "But with the injury to Felix and where he is with his sprained ankle, I’m doubtful that anything will happen there. And, no, I don’t see any other trade possibilities."
Felix Jones is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. Rookie third-round pick DeMarco Murray, not Choice, got the bulk of the workload after Jones was injured in the second quarter Sunday.
Choice, a four-year veteran who missed most of training camp with a strained calf, is in the midst of his least productive season. He has rushed for 67 yards on 26 carries, an average of 2.6 yards per carry, a lost a fumble in Patriots' territory early in Sunday's loss.
Choice, who has a career average of 4.6 yards per carry, has had a handful of impressive performances when his role was increased due to injuries. However, he has never seemed to earn the trust of Jason Garrett, who relied on an ineffective Marion Barber instead of increasing Choice's role over the last two seasons.
It appears that Choice will play out the final year of his rookie contract as insurance.
With the starting running back in a walking boot and two unproven rookies as the other options, the Cowboys have apparently decided that that having Choice on the roster for the rest of the season is more valuable than the potential late-round pick they could get in return for him.