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3 NBA-Style Trade Scenarios For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady

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“Why can’t the NFL offseason be more like the NBA’s?”

If you follow any sports besides football, you’ve probably heard this statement before. Or, you might have even thought it yourself.

No matter what you think of the NBA, there is no doubt that each day of the Free Agency and Draft periods are filled with excitement, as big names and star players are both rumored to, and actually do, switch teams through trades and signings.

Last July 4th, former Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors after visits with multiple NBA teams. Durant, the consensus second-best player in the world, shook the entire landscape of the league with his one decision.

Imagine, for a second, if someone like Von Miller was courted by almost every other NFL team before deciding to join the already stacked defensive line of the Houston Texans?

That would be absolute madness, and a ton of fun to watch unfold.

But instead, we get the rather mundane NFL offseason stories, mostly due to both the nature of the sport and the salary cap. So, let’s go into fantasy land for a little bit and imagine up some NBA-style trades that would cement the Dallas Cowboys as Super Bowl favorites in 2017.

Disclaimer: Yes, I know none of these could/would actually happen.

Everything Is Bigger In Texas

  • Houston Texans receive: QB Tony Romo, 2017 First Round Pick
  • Dallas Cowboys receive: DE JJ Watt

Let’s first go back in time to make this first trade work. Tony Romo has not announced his retirement from football yet, and CBS has not already acquired our former franchise quarterback.

We all know Dak Prescott is the Cowboys quarterback of the future, and Dallas has to do something with Romo’s contract. They would also like to get something back for Romo, while still doing “right” by him.

The Houston Texans won the AFC South in 2016, and did so mostly without JJ Watt. When healthy, Watt is the best defensive linemen I have ever seen, but maybe they aren’t so sold on him coming back fully healthy ever again.

Plus, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus emerging as incredible pass rushers, one of these three could potentially become expendable. Especially if they are looking to fill their desperate quarterback need.

So, the Cowboys give up Tony Romo and their 28th overall selection for a chance to strengthen their weak pass rush with JJ Watt.

As we love to say on NBA Twitter: “Who says no!?!”

Well, everyone says no, but that’s okay for now.

Get John Elway On The Phone

  • Denver Broncos receive: OL Ronald Leary, 2017 First Round Pick, 2019 First Round Pick
  • Dallas Cowboys receive: EDGE Von Miller

Once again, we are going back in time to complete this trade.

In the NBA, we often see sign-and-trade moves made. For example, the Los Angeles Clippers completed a sign-and-trade with the Rockets to send point guard Chris Paul to Houston just a few weeks ago.

Here, the NFL borrows from the NBA, as the Cowboys complete a sign-and-trade with the Denver Broncos.G Ronald Leary Heading to Mile High City, Signing With Broncos

We all know how badly the Broncos need to upgrade their offensive line, and adding Ronald Leary would be a fantastic move for them (that’s why they signed him in real life). So in this scenario, the Cowboys sign-and-trade Leary to Denver, packaging him with two future first round picks to land pass rush help in Von Miller.

The Cowboys obviously give up a ton here, but this is the type of deal we see teams make in the NBA in order to “go for it” in that particular year.

Anyone who reads my draft coverage knows how protective I am of draft picks, however, which leads me to my next trade proposal.

Take a Page Out Of The Boston Celtics’ Book

  • Seattle Seahawks receive: WR Dez Bryant, OL Tyron Smith
  • Dallas Cowboys receive: 2017 First Round Pick, 2018 Pick-Swap, 2019 First Round Pick, 2021 First Round Pick, 2 future Second Round Picks

I know this looks ridiculous, trust me. But here’s the NBA-rationale.

The Seattle Seahawks are close to another championship, but have not had the weapons on the outside, or the offensive line to protect quarterback Russell Wilson. Because of this, the Seahawks have faltered in the postseason the last couple of years.

Now, Seattle is watching their chance at another title fade away, and making a blockbuster move like this to add both Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith would open that window once again.

In reality, the Cowboys have no reason to tear it down and start over. Though they do have nice young talent to build around already in place, Tyron Smith is too young to be included in a veteran salary shed such as this one.

Still, the Cowboys would get three first round picks, two second round picks, and a first round pick swap out of this deal in order to re-build their roster through the years. This is a deal similar to that which the Celtics made when they fleeced the Brooklyn Nets a few years ago.

Of course, not a single one of these trades are realistic whatsoever, but isn’t it fun to leave reality for a bit and imagine the impossible?

Luckily, the offseason is finally almost over, and the Cowboys reality is about to be really fun too.

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4 Comments
  • Mauricio Rodriguez

    Super fun read, Kevin. Hell, I didn’t want it to end.
    It would be so much fun if something like were to actually happen in the NFL. Back when the Osweiller trade happened in Cleveland, I was hoping to watch them trade him again, that would’ve been NBA-ish.

  • TreFKennedy88

    If we could get Von Miller who when drafted in 2011 wanted Jerry to jump from 9 to 2 to draft him, we’d break the internet with that move lol

  • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

    Can we get Avery Bradley for a 3rd round pick in 2018?

  • Travis Diggs

    Yall must play Madden, thats the only time you see trades like this in football lol. I love the article. Wait till Madden come out, Ima have Von Miller next to Sean Lee & Jaylon Smith. Yall got me pumped lol!!!

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott's Future?

It’s funny how quickly some players are able to establish themselves as professional athletes and grow their fan base. That is exactly what Ezekiel Elliott has done in just a little over a years time since becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, given his current situation, it’s that fan base that might be starting to turn on him a little and doubt his long-term future in the NFL.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are fully aware of the six-game suspension the NFL slapped Ezekiel Elliott with based on nothing more than accusations of possible domestic violence. Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, it happened and there is no taking it back. But unfortunately, because of the suspension Elliott will now have to walk the straight and narrow if he wants to have any kind of career in the NFL.

I honestly don’t think Ezekiel Elliott is a bad guy, but the slightest slip up will more than likely put his career in jeopardy. It doesn’t matter how big or small the infraction, the NFL has already decided they are going to make an example of him.

RB Ezekiel ElliottFrom here on out, Elliott is going to have to live like he is under a magnifying glass. Any kind of slip up, big or small, will likely cause the league to suspend him an entire season. This unfortunately has been weighing on the minds of a lot of Cowboys Nation and has to be at least a little bit concerning for the Cowboys organization.

You see, the Dallas Cowboys have Elliott under contract for at least three more years after this season. He has already proven how important he is to the offense and how much production dips without him in the lineup. They absolutely want him on the field because he makes them better. But, any kind of slip up would pretty much erase one of those three years. Look no further than what has happened with Randy Gregory.

I’ve heard many fans voicing their concerns about Ezekiel Elliott’s long-term availability with the Cowboys. They are afraid Elliott’s immaturity will end up getting the best of him and Zeke unfortunately has done nothing to ease those concerns so far.

I for one am not all that concerned about Zeke’s future in the NFL. I think his six-game suspension has served as an eye-opening experience and that he will do better from here on out to put himself in better situations and surround himself with better/more trustworthy people.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel ElliottYou can see anytime Zeke is on the field his passion for the game and how much he enjoys it. I don’t think he’s going to put something he cares so much about in jeopardy. But unfortunately, he already has a bull’s-eye on his back and can’t afford to take a misstep. That will without a doubt put his future career in jeopardy.

I personally can’t wait to see how #21 responds when he is able to suit up once again next week against the Seattle Seahawks. I think he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder and run angry. That is the best way he can stick it to the league for suspending him based on accusations and another reason why I’m not concerned about his future in the NFL.

I know if it was me, my mindset would be to turn myself into the best player possible and once again become one of the more popular athletes in the league. That is about the only way he can say “F U” to the league, and I think that’s exactly what he will do.

Are you concerned about Ezekiel Elliott long-term?

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A Cowboys Win vs Giants Can’t Be Taken For Granted

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming from a bounce-back win versus the Washington Redskins in which they blew out their divisional rivals 38-14. The New York Giants are coming from a week in which Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were fired. The former is 6-6, and the latter is 2-10. You tell me which organization is getting the W this Sunday.

Easy, right? Well, no. Not really.

All week long, most of Cowboys Nation has been taking this win for granted. Understandably so, since New York is only a two-win team. However, this is certainly one of those games with a “trap game” feel to it.

It wouldn’t be the first time we see a football team being led by a new coach to a surprise victory. Hell, we saw a very similar situation when Jason Garrett debuted as the Cowboys interim head coach in 2010… against the Giants. 

 Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee, New York Giants QB Eli Manning  Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

On top of that, you have Eli Manning back at the wheel after he was benched for Geno Smith a week ago. Even though the guy who made that decision is out of the picture, you have to imagine the veteran quarterback will go out to play with a chip on his shoulder.

And if we’re being completely honest with ourselves, this Cowboys’ team still has a lot to prove. Let’s not forget the fact that they lost three consecutive weeks. That’s why we´re trying to find which NFC teams need to lose certain games. Because the Dallas Cowboys put themselves in this position.

Dak Prescott is the future for this franchise, and despite having some tough games this year, I still believe he’s the guy. However, as Staff Writer Kevin Brady recently wrote here at Inside The Star, Dak Prescott must overcome his struggles when facing the Giants:

“Prescott played his worst game of that spectacular rookie season when he traveled to East Rutherford, New Jersey as the Cowboys prolific offense was only able to score 7 points during their key loss.”

Although they have a 2-10 record, the Giants’ defense shouldn’t be underestimated. They still have personnel that can give the Cowboys’ offense a bit of trouble, especially without Ezekiel Elliott running the ball.

Sean Lee should be ready to go this week, and while many discuss whether or not the coaching staff should give him an extra week of rest, the truth is that’s something the Cowboys can’t risk to do. At the end of the day, lose one game and forget about playing in January.

You need 50 on the field. If at some point in the second half they manage to get a big-lead, securing a win, then let’s hope they take him off the field and let the guy rest. But until then, Sean Lee should be playing.

Will Chidobe Awuzie's Return Benefit The Cowboys Defense?

Dallas Cowboys’ Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Dallas is expected to start three rookies at cornerback. Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Wood could be the guys who line up to start the game in New York. Naturally, this is the case because they’ve proven to be solid players.

But it’s inevitable to be a bit scared of this situation when you’re facing Eli Manning. Say what you want about him, but you never know what might happen when a player like that is on the other side of the field.

I’m picking the Cowboys to win this football games for at least a touchdown. But let’s not think of this game as if it were the Browns. If this ends up being a trap game and the Cowboys manage to get their seventh loss of the year, it’s over.

We’re 14 weeks into the season and it feels like we don’t know what this team is capable of doing with Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott starting at the same time. But this week will prove a lot of things about the Cowboys and their quest for the Playoffs.

Tell me what you think about “A Cowboys Win vs Giants Can’t Be Taken For Granted” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Week 14 Playoff Projection: Cowboys Still In Striking Distance

Jess Haynie

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The Cowboys are one of three 6-6 teams still hoping to find a way into the NFC playoffs. Even if they win out and get to 10-6, they will need help based on tiebreakers and the superior records of the teams ahead of them.

Last night, Dallas’ hopes took a kick in the teeth when the Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints. Atlanta not only moved to 8-5 but also holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys, making them a major threat in the Wild Card race. The Falcons need to start losing, fast, for Dallas to have a shot at overtaking them.

Atlanta’s not the only team that Dallas should be concerned about, though. Here are the current NFC playoff standings, including last night’s result:

  1. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (9-4)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)
  6. Carolina Panthers (8-4)
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  7. Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
  8. Detroit Lions (6-6)
  9. Green Bay Packers (6-6)
  10. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)

TIEBREAKERS

  • The Vikings are ahead of the Eagles thanks to the common game tiebreaker, since they are both 8-1 against NFC opponents.
  • Seattle (6-3) is ahead of Carolina (4-4) thanks to a better record in NFC games.
  • Detroit has a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Packers and a common games tiebreaker over the Cowboys.
  • Green Bay has a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys.

With the Falcons’ win over New Orleans already in the books, here are the other playoff-relevant games for the NFC in Week 14.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

This is the easiest game let on Dallas’ schedule (assuming Philly doesn’t rest starters in Week 17). The Giants will have a new coach and have changed back to Eli Manning as the starting QB. Will they be galvanized by these changes or only in even greater disarray? We certainly hope for the latter.

Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns

At 6-6 and with Aaron Rodgers potentially returning next week, the Packers are looming as a real threat. They have the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas from a win earlier this year. The hapless Browns winning this one is certainly faint hope, but it’s still Brett Hundley out there at QB instead of one of the league’s MVPs.

Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The other team in the 6-6 tie, Detroit needs to go away. The Bucs are 4-8 and a non-factor now, so we can root for the pirate people without hesitation.

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are another key target for us in the Wild Card race. Minnesota should run away with the NFC North, so they’re a non-factor for Dallas’ concerns. A Carolina loss is clearly better for Dallas, dropping the Panthers to 8-5 and within reasonable range with three weeks left to go.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Rams

Last week, Dallas fans were put in the unfortunate position of having to root for the Eagles against the Seahawks to help our playoff chances. We’re back in that same boat this week as a Rams’s loss would be more damaging for the Cowboys than Philly losing.

Because L.A. has a head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas, our best bet is for them to win the NFC West and stay out of our way. We have a much better shot at catching the Seahawks, especially since we get to play them in Week 16 when Ezekiel Elliott returns.

Seattle Seahawks @ Jacksonville Jaguars

So yeah, as just said, the Seahawks are one of the teams we have the best chance of beating out for a playoff spot. Last week’s win over Philly hurt, but a road loss against the 8-4 Jaguars is certainly possible and would go a long way to helping our cause.

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