The Dallas Cowboys added another running back option by trading for Christine Michael on Sunday, the club announced.
The Cowboys sent a conditional seventh-round pick in next year’s draft to the Seahawks to acquire the former Texas A&M star, according to a source. To clear a spot on the 53-man roster, the Cowboys cut defensive end Lavar Edwards.
Michael, 24, hasn’t done much in two professional seasons with Seattle, and maybe a change of scenery and return to Texas will help him fulfill the potential he flashed in college.
The Seahawks drafted him in the second round of the 2013 draft, but Michael played sparingly. He appeared in 14 games over two seasons, carrying it a combined 52 times for 254 yards with no touchdowns. He became expendable once the Seahawks signed Fred Jackson.
There have been questions raised about Michael’s work ethic, and that could explain why he never became a factor in the Seahawks’ offense. But the Cowboys are a running back hungry team after losing DeMarco Murray in free agency, and didn’t give up much to acquire Michael.
He will join Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar to form a committee to try and replace last season’s league-leading rusher (Murray).
Michael, a 5-foot-10, 221-pound back, is best known for his days at Texas A&M, where he rushed for 2,791 yards and 34 TDs in four seasons. He was the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year in 2009.