The Cowboys have traded a conditional seventh-round pick draft pick to the Seahawks in exchange for RB Christine Michael, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter (via Twitter). Albert Breer of The NFL Network tweets that Michael must be on the Cowboys’ roster for a certain number of games. If he is not, the Seahawks will receive no compensation.
Michael, a former Texas A&M product, will return home to join a Dallas backfield that includes Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar. Michael had been used in a part-time role for Seattle since being selected by the team in the second round of the 2013 draft. Over his two years in the league, he played in 14 games, carrying the ball 52 times for 254 yards. He has yet to cross the goal line.
As Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes, the move clears the way for the Seahawks to add veteran running back Fred Jackson to the roster. Jackson agreed to a one-year contract on Friday, but the team had yet to sign him while it tried to find a taker for Michael. Condotta adds that Michael had an inconsistent preseason, rushing for 118 yards on 32 carries, an average of 3.7 per attempt, while also fumbling once and showing intermittent success in pass protection. Michael’s departure leaves Jackson and Thomas Rawls as the two backs behind Marshawn Lynch on Seattle’s depth chart.
Given McFadden’s health problems and the fact that Randle and Dunbar have yet to prove themselves in the league, Michael will now have the chance to live up to his potential behind what is arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.