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Saturday, July 24, 2004 

Cowboy Up

The signing of Eddie George by Dallas is definitely getting a lot of press. Let's face it, who would you rather have, Troy Hambrick or Eddie George? But Eddie George is in his early thirties now (31), and those 2733 carries have taken a toll. He's hasn't made the Pro Bowl since 2000, and barely topped 1000 yards last season (1031) with only 2 100+ yard games against New Orleans and Atlanta. George used to average 5+ 100-yd games a season when he was younger. His rushing average has also decreased over the past 3 years:


1996 4.1
1997 3.9
1998 3.7
1999 4.1
2000 3.7
2001 3.0
2002 3.4
2003 3.3


Still, it is a good signing for Dallas for the money. And the Cowboys can break in their younger backs gradually, like the Titans did with Chris Brown. But could they have signed Antowain Smith themselves and gotten similar production for even less money?

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