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Mailbag: How Does The Randle Situation Affect Murray?; Converting 3-4 Free Agents?

How do you think this second arrest for Joseph Randle changes the way Dallas may handle DeMarco Murray's contract situation?

Bryan: Not at all. The front office has always had a plan for how to deal with Murray from Day 1 regardless of the other running backs. I would not be so sure that they release Randle once they get all the information anyway – but if they don't like what they hear there are plenty other options there to replace him and they would go from there.

David:I'm not sure it's going to change Murray's contract negotiations, simply because that's more about money than anything else. But it certainly does give me pause. Let's say, hypothetically, that Randle is released -- which we don't even know will happen. But let's say he is. All of a sudden you've got one running back under contract, and he has yet to play in a regular season game for the Cowboys. This situation could prompt the Cowboys to look at running backs in both free agency and the draft. That's more resources allocated toward one position than I'd prefer.


Any chance the Cowboys try to convert a linebacker into a pass rushing defensive end, that have shown ability to get sacks, i.e., Brian Orakpo or even a Dwight Freeney ( who might be to old)?

Bryan: I have always viewed Brian Orakpo as a 4-3 defensive end so he would be a nice fit. I wrote yesterday as a one year "prove-it" contract he would be a good option due to his problems staying healthy. There is no doubt when he is on the field he can really bring some pressure. If I were this front office, I would look into that option for 2015.

David:I have never been a big fan of trying to convert guys from one scheme to the other. We saw how ineffective Kyle Wilber was as a 4-3 defensive end after being drafted to play in a 3-4. Of course, Brian Orakpo is a better talent than Wilber, but it still makes me uneasy. At the end of the day, though, I trust Rod Marinelli's opinion of who can and who can't succeed in his scheme.

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