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How the Cowboys will give Seattle their seventh-rounder in 2016

IRVING, Texas -- In order for the Seattle Seahawks to get the Dallas Cowboys’ seventh-round pick in 2016, Christine Michael will have to be on the 46-man gameday roster three times this season.

The Cowboys acquired Michael for the conditional seventh-round selection on Sunday, joining a tailback crew that already included Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.

What is the likelihood the Cowboys have to give up the seventh-round pick? Getting four tailbacks on a gameday roster is especially tricky, unless one of those backs is a core special-teamer. Only Dunbar plays multiple special-teams units among the group.

Last year the Cowboys had only three tailbacks on the roster. In 2014, they had four tailbacks on the 46-man roster for six games.

Michael is expected to be part of the running-back committee but he will need time to get acclimated to the Cowboys’ offense. It would be unlikely for him to be active this week against the New York Giants.

If he is on the gameday roster for three games, then the Cowboys would be without their sixth- and seventh-round picks next year. They gave up their sixth rounder to the San Francisco 49ers in order to select tight end Geoff Swaim in the seventh round last spring.

In all likelihood, the Cowboys will make up for the late-round losses with compensatory picks from losing players in free agency.