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2020 NFL Trade Deadline: What Cowboys Should’ve Done With Aldon Smith

Sometimes I think the are content playing checkers when they could have been playing chess. That's the impression I got when the 2020 NFL deadline came and went yesterday with the only trades were sending to the for a sixth-round pick and acquiring Eli Ankou from the for a seventh-rounder. I think they might've missed an opportunity, especially in regards to .

According to reports the Dallas Cowboys turned down a trade offer from the regarding Aldon Smith. Now no trade compensation has been leaked, but with the way No. 58 has played this season anything less than a fifth or sixth-round pick is unlikely. If it were me, I would've made this transaction in a heartbeat and I'll tell you why.

The Dallas Cowboys claimed the reason they didn't trade Aldon Smith is because they have future plans for him beyond the . Well that's good and all, but I don't think trading him away would necessarily put an end to those plans. In fact, there's no reason to believe it would have impacted them at all except not having him on the roster for the second half of the year.

The cold hard truth is whether the Dallas Cowboys traded Aldon Smith or not he's still going to become a at season's end. As such they are going to have to compete with other suitors in order to retain his service and the better he plays, the higher his price tag will be. That's not good news for the cash strapped Cowboys.

Aldon Smith
Dallas Cowboys DE Aldon Smith

It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Aldon Smith plays himself out of the Cowboys price range before the season is over. It wouldn't really matter if he was on their roster or another teams, bringing him back in next year is going to be all about the money. That's something Dallas might not have much of it they re-sign .

With all of that in mind, if I were the Dallas Cowboys I would've went ahead and accepted a fifth or sixth-round draft pick for Aldon Smith and told him prior to leaving that we really want to put him back in a Cowboys uniform for the and beyond. That way you're at least getting some kind of compensation before knowing one way or another if he can be retained in the .

Making this trade would've given Aldon Smith a chance to compete for a with the Seattle Seahawks and not left the Dallas Cowboys empty-handed. And surprisingly enough, they'd still have the same chance as they do now of re- him as a free agent. Sounds like a win-win to me. What do you think?

Of course, this is one of those “what if” situations all we can do now is speculate about because it's already over and done with. In hindsight though, there's a very real possibility the Dallas Cowboys missed an opportunity by holding onto an asset they don't really need anymore in 2020.

Would you have traded Aldon Smith to the Seattle Seahawks?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Gerald Parker

If compensation was only a 5th or 6th round pick then keep him. Hes gonna be expensive but signing your own player is easier than signing somebody else’s


Cowboys will gain more in compensatory pick (3rd/4th) after he signs with another team this offseason. Makes way more sense to keep him. No different than Robert Quinn last yr.

Antonio Farthing Jr.

Perhaps, they extend him now. But, JJ and SJ believe they can sell water to a whale… and will unconsciously drive ASmith’s team to look elsewhere.


It’s a moot point. But AGAIN, the Prescott contract appears to hold the Cowboys hostage.

Cowboys fan

I think they made the right decision by keeping him!! For one, he’s leading the team in sacks, so he’s pretty much our best player on defense, 2 as said by somebody else above, it’ll be easier signing our own player than it would be signing somebody else’s player and then there’s the point that if he does end up balling out and playing out of our price range then that’ll give us a higher comp pick when he signs with another team!! Just like Robert Quinn did this past season!! Even if he keeps playing like he has been lately and we do decide to let him walk, he could still possibly get us a 5th or 6th round comp pick, which won’t be much different if different at all than what Seattle offered us!! So I don’t see no reason to trade him now!! So the way things look Jerry and Steven are thinking about the future and your thinking about now, so that means they are playing chess and your trying to play checkers!! It’s looking like this article just backfired on you don’t it!? It’s ok though, everybody makes mistakes!!

Miles Ward

And thats why ur not a GM

Dave Corvino

I would have traded him. To me, he looks slow and his early sacks were just right place, right time. Since then, he’s done nothing.

Gary b

I see both sides here. He has tailed off since that great 1st game and unless he catches fire again, what team will give him a long term contract (which I’m sure he’s seeking) at his age?

Better to hold onto him. Any team u traded him to would know it was a 8 game rental. Some team will likely overpay for him next yr and give us a better comp. pick

Ruben Trevino

McCarthy needs to clean house just like when Jerry Johnson and Jimmy Johnson cleaned house!! Trade away players that dont fit scheme!! This team needs a new fresh start !!
Draft players that will make a difference!!!

Richard Owens

I would keep him because he is already the best player on that side of the team.and with him you have already seen what he can give you as a player.lets just say if they would have traded him and gotten fifth or sixth rounder in his don’t know how the player will perform .some of them don’t even make the team.we have high rounders on the team now under performing Connor Williams and Connor mcgovern are true example of high rounds bust.

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