Since about the time the Cowboys imploded against the Giants in the NFC Divisional game, the talk has been primarily about two things: PACMAN FEVER! and Darren McFadden. Well, Pacman is now in the fold (until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denies him reinstatement this summer, anyway), so all that's left to do to is get McFadden.
You know the routine: Dallas has two first-round picks, Nos. 22 and 28, and Jerry Jones, Arkansas alum, is just itching to trade up and grab McFadden. Forget that the Cowboys last drafted a Razorback in 1970, Jones LOVES Arkansas.
All caps aside, ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest Jones-McFadden "development":
[McFadden] is the No. 1 offensive player on Dallas' board. When I talked to Jerry yesterday, he indicated it is very close in his mind whether McFadden alone would be worth their other two picks late in the first round.That makes for an interesting visual. Look, I get that Jones is really, really fond of McFadden, but I have a hard time believing he'd be willing to part with two first-rounders for a running back when, you know, he already has Marion Barber on the roster, and he could possibly take a player like Rashard Mendenhall or Jonathan Stewart without having to give up anything.
I was told that if McFadden clears the Raiders at four and the Jets at six, "Jerry might not be able to help himself."
Werder says as much, but adds a good-God-this'll-never-happen wrinkle: while on the clock with the 28th pick, if Chad Henne is still available, Jones will try to work a deal with the Lions for Roy Williams or the Cardinals for Anquan Boldin.
Detroit could be looking for a franchise quarterback, but Arizona? What about Nick Lachey's boy toy? Is he already a bust?