The backfield in Los Angeles added another member to it’s squad in Lance Dunbar.
Dunbar reportedly signed with the Rams on a 1-year deal worth up to $3 million, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. The signing could ultimately mean the end of Benny Cunningham’s time in Los Angeles.
Dunbar’s time in Dallas is a case of being the low man on a crowded totem pole. From 2012 to last season, Dunbar was rarely given the full reign as the starter. When he was, Dunbar was only the top horse for a short time. In his first three seasons with the Cowboys, Dunbar averaged around 12 games-a-season with an average of 26 carries for 108 yards. He only rushed for more than 100 yards in a season once, in 2013.
In the last two seasons, 2015 and 2016, Dunbar’s production took a nose-dive, thanks to an ACL injury in 2015. But 2016 saw Dunbar carry the ball nine times for 31 yards in 13 games.
But thankfully the Rams did not sign him as their starter. Dunbar will provide more experience to the Rams’ young backfield that contains Toddy Gurley, Malcolm Brown, and Aaron Green.
Like Cunningham, Dunbar was used more as a receiver than a runner, catching 68 passes in five seasons with the Cowboys. Cunningham, however, did have more rushing yards and receiving yards of the two in four seasons.
Bryan Broaddus of Somos Cowboys discussed the topic of Dunbar during a free agency segment of his show. He said just when you fall in love with Dunbar, that is when something goes wrong. With Dunbar, that usually meant injury. Dunbar was listed with injuries several different times during the 2013 season, and as mentioned before, suffered an ACL injury in 2015.