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Dallas Cowboys test out veteran free agent as solution to running back issue

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The Dallas Cowboys have had an active offseason as Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones and co look to build on an impressive 2014 campaign.

But, amidst the exciting draft selections and bargain arrival of La'el Collins, the Cowboys faithful have been left wondering how the franchise will cope in a post-DeMarco Murray era.

Finding a solution

With Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle the two underwhelming options available at running back, the Cowboys have today made a move toward bring in another option with over 2,500 yards to his name in the NFL.

According to numerous reports, former Texans, Browns, Vikings and Steelers running back Ben Tate has been at the Dallas facility today working out ahead of a potential move.

Tough 2014

Tate is a free agent having had a disappointing 2014 campaign. Beginning the year as the Cleveland Browns' starting RB, the 26-year-old averaged just 3.1 yards-per-carry through 106 attempts before being waived in November.

He was quickly picked up by the Minnesota Vikings but managed just three games for them before again being released. Tate's 2014 season ultimately ended with the Pittsburgh Steelers as he was drafted in during the playoffs following Le'Veon Bell's injury. 

Tate's recent history is hardly of the calibre to leave Cowboys fans reassured that the departure of Murray, last year's NFL Offensive Player of the Year, won't affect the team's chances moving forward.

Faith in the OL

If the Cowboys and Tate do reach a deal though it is a further sign that the powers that be in Dallas are comfortable with a committee approach behind the NFL's most imposing offensive line.

Jerry Jones recently claimed the Dallas Cowboys would be better off in that position this year than last, and he and the coaching staff are certainly putting all their weight behind an offensive line that has been cultivated over the past few seasons with a host of exciting young stars.

Still, no matter how effective the men in the trenches have been, there is no doubt that DeMarco Murray was a step above any of McFadden, Randle or Ben Tate.

With offseason speculation that the team were interested in Adrian Peterson, or were willing to draft a top running back from the class of 2015, there is a real possibility that the Cowboys could end up red-faced if their current strategy doesn't pay off early.

Cowboys fans: Would you be happy with Ben Tate signing, and who should be given the main RB role? Have your say in the comments section below...

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