The Dallas Cowboys and running back Lance Dunbar have agreed to terms on a one-year contract to bring Dunbar back for his fifth season in a Cowboys uniform.
Dunbar, 26, had a strong start to the 2015 season, where he caught 21 passes for 215 yards in the first four games. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL and patellar tendon against the New Orleans Saints, resulting in him missing the entire season.
After being passed over in the 2012 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. After showing tremendous skills and a lot of promise during training camp and in the preseason, he earned a spot on the team’s practice squad and was eventually promoted to the main roster. Nobody expected Dunbar to make it in the NFL. What people often said about him was, “He’s too small and he isn’t strong enough. And he went to North Texas. He doesn’t have the talent and skills to make it as a pro.” In other words, critics said he wasn’t good enough. But Dunbar proved everyone wrong. He proved that it doesn’t matter which school you played at. He simply proved that if you work real hard, then anything is possible. Especially earning a spot on a pro football team.
Over the last four seasons, Dunbar has shown a lot of heart, and he’s given the team his best. No one will ever forget his 82-yard game on Thanksgiving in 2013, which ended with him injuring his knee and missing the remainder of that season. We didn’t get to see Dunbar much in 2014 due to the dominance DeMarco Murray, and we all know how the 2015 season went for him.
By signing him to a one-year contract, the Cowboys have given Lance a golden opportunity to prove himself. Basically, he’s been given the same opportunity as Rolando McClain and Morris Claiborne. That is to go on the field, play well, and convince the organization to keep you.
Before re-signing with Dallas, Dunbar visited the 49ers, Seahawks, and Bears, but was not offered a contract by those organizations.
It seems as though the Cowboys are the only team that has faith in him. I can honestly say that Lance Dunbar has worked real hard to earn an opportunity to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. let’s see if he will become a difference maker for the 2016 season.