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3 Players The Dallas Cowboys Should Trade For

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The Dallas Cowboys haven't really shown any indication that they are interested in being active before the trade deadline ends Tuesday, November 1 at 4 PM ET, but that doesn't mean they're not exploring their options.

The Cowboys are currently sitting at 6-1 and are in first place in the NFC East division with a two-game lead over their division rivals. They look to be one of the best teams in the entire NFL and could make a deep playoff run.

America's Team has done an outstanding job of the past few seasons building the roster through the draft and avoided spending money on high-priced veteran free agents. This year's squad seems to have the perfect mix of young talent with veteran experience/leadership because of that philosophy.

Despite the teams success, there are still some big holes on the roster that could make this team even more dangerous and possibly turn them into a Super Bowl favorite.

Below are three players I think the Dallas Cowboys should consider trading for if they are serious about winning it all in 2016.

Joe Haden

Cowboys Headlines - 3 Players The Dallas Cowboys Should Trade For 1The Cleveland Browns have reportedly put Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden on the trade market, and I think the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider making a trade for him before the trade deadline ends.

Haden is one of the league's top CBs when healthy, but has struggled with injuries the past couple of years. He only appeared in five games in 2015 due to concussions, but he is just 27 years old and would instantly upgrade the Cowboys secondary.

Morris Claiborne has been the Cowboys best CB, but it is feared that he has suffered a sports hernia and could possibly miss the rest of the 2016 season. That would put the secondary and the rest of the defense in a bind.

Now, I don't know what the Browns would want as compensation, but I think the Cowboys should definitely find out.

Cameron Wake

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It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have had trouble pressuring the opposing quarterbacks and could use help to improve their pass rush.

DeMarcus Lawrence is still getting his feet under him after serving his four-game suspension, and he could use some help getting to the QB.

Wake is 34 years old and currently only has three quarterback sacks and one forced fumble, but he could come in and help the Cowboys defense harass quarterbacks.

It's unlikely that the Miami Dolphins make a push for the playoffs, so they could be willing to part with an aging veteran defensive end.

The Dolphins asking price shouldn't be too expensive and that could be of interest to the Cowboys.

Willie Young

Cowboys Headlines - 3 Players The Dallas Cowboys Should Trade For 3Willie Young is another defensive end that could help the Cowboys pass rush.

He is 31 years old and currently has six quarterback sacks and one forced fumble in 2016.

The Chicago Bears are one of the worst teams in the league and could be willing to part with one of their best pass rushers, especially with rookie defensive end Leonard Floyd showing so much promise.

The Cowboys should already know plenty about Young since they have already played against the Bears and scouted him prior to the matchup.

I honestly think that this would be a good trade for the Cowboys to make, but again it depends on the asking price.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should trade for any of these players?

Please feel free to take advantage of the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions.



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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  • http://Inside%20The%20Star BlackMoses

    Yes I do think Dallas should trade for a experience pass rusher,to put the defense over the top.”Jimmy Johnson quote defense win championships”(How Bout Them Cowboys)

    • Brian Martin

      BlackMoses, I would like to see them trade for a pass rusher, but with Morris Claiborne’s injury, cornerback might be more of a concern. As much as I would like to see a trade, I kind of doubt the Cowboys make one.

  • Marlon Westbrook

    Yes I hope we make a trade tonight or tomorrow please cowboy’s make a move.

    • Brian Martin

      Marlon, I’m hopeful that the Cowboys make a move, but I’m thinking it’s going to be unlikely they do anything.

  • Tommy

    as long as compensation is 5th round or below, getting either wake or young would help. Gregory is not coming back in 2016

    • Brian Martin

      Tommy, the door hasn’t been completely closed on Randy Gregory’s return just yet. He is working out at the Cowboys facility, but there is no way of knowing what kind of shape he will be in once he is able to return. And I agree with you, I wouldn’t use more than a fifth round draft pick for an aging pass rusher such as Willie Young or Cameron Wake.

  • Willie Duncan

    I think they should push for Joe Haden they really need a better cornerback we got decent ones but we can use him now.

    • Brian Martin

      Willie, I’m really disappointed they didn’t make a move to try to address the depth that CB. Maybe they know something we don’t.

  • Willie Duncan

    Cowboys need to get Joe Haden our defense need a little help in the backfield. but if they can get another pass rusher that will be a bonus.

    • Brian Martin

      Willie, I’m really surprised the Cowboys did make a move before the trade deadline. They could’ve used some help in their secondary and their pass rush.

  • Quinton

    Yes, Cowboys need to address either pass rushing issue or corner issues. Jaden , Young and Wake are all good prospects

    • Brian Martin

      Quinton, I was genuinely surprised the Cowboys didn’t do anything before the trade deadline. With the way the team is playing this year, I would’ve thought they would have been all in and tried to improve some of their weak areas via trade.

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How Cowboys Could Benefit From Randy Gregory’s Suspension

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Cowboys Headlines - Randy Gregory Withdraws Suspension Appeal, Cannot Return Until Week 15

Randy Gregory is back! His suspension is officially over and he will be able to join the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California when training camp gets underway less than a week from now.

Speculation has already started as to what this could mean for the Dallas Cowboys defense this season, and shockingly expectations are rather high for a player who hasn't stepped foot on the field in over a year. But, that's not what I want to talk about today. Today I want to focus on Gregory's mess of a contract, because it is rather interesting.

Randy Gregory was signed to a four-year contract after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gregory's rookie deal was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season, but his multiple suspensions have now changed that expiration date.

You see, Gregory has only played in a total of 14 games in his career, 12 as a rookie and two in Year 2. His third year in the NFL was completely wiped out due to his year-long suspension. If you were to add that all up, it equates to just one accured season in the NFL. Remember that, because it could have a huge impact on his contract down the road.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

What all of this means is that the Cowboys can pretty much stretch out Gregory's contract now that they are three years in on the deal and have only gotten one accured season out of the agreement. That basically means they can push his contract back a year, meaning his 2017 salary ($731,813) gets pushed back to 2018, his 2018 salary ($955,217) gets pushed to 2019. That would essentially make him a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) in 2020.

Or does it?

Depending on how the Dallas Cowboys handled paying Randy Gregory during his suspension could actually make him an Exclusive Rights Free Agent (EFA). This is a similar situation in which David Irving found himself in after the 2017 season. The Cowboys placed a second-round tender on him in order to secure his services for another season, albeit at a $2.91 million price tag.

As you can see, the Dallas Cowboys pretty much hold all the cards when it comes to Randy Gregory's contract situation. It's all a little confusing, but that's what makes it such a unique and interesting situation.

Of course, the Cowboys could decide to extend Gregory early if he completely dominates upon his return this season. It's highly doubtful though considering his past suspensions, but still technically a possibility. If it does happen, you can go ahead and ignore everything I've written previously.



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Earl Thomas: Age is Just a Number Part II

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Yesterday, I wrote a piece attempting to assuage the fears that many in Cowboys Nation have about handing a contract extension out to Earl Thomas, who is 29 years old as we enter the 2018 NFL season.

In the comment section, a reader posed a very good question that is the basis for the rest of this article:

Earl Thomas Comparisons at age 29 and Beyond

It's a great question that certainly required some research, but Cowboys fans all across the world should be encouraged by my findings.

Just to refresh, here are the players we looked at as favorable comparisons to Earl Thomas at this point in his career. I searched Pro Football Reference for safeties who had at least three All-Pro First Team selections and at least six Pro Bowl appearances.

Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

The average age of the players listed at the time when they reached their third All-Pro was 31 years old. I'm removing Deion Sanders and Roger Wehrli from the equation as most of their work was done at cornerback.

Let's look at a chart that outlines what these guys careers looked like at age 29 and beyond to get a better picture. Remember, Earl Thomas already has three All-Pro selections and six Pro Bowls. Many of these guys didn't reach those kind of accolades until their 30s.

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The first thing I noticed as I looked into this question is that only two players had three or more All-Pro First Team selections prior to age 29, like Earl Thomas has. Those players were Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott. Every other player on this list didn't hit their third All-Pro selection until age 29 or later.

Only one player reached his sixth Pro Bowl prior to his age 29 season, that player is Ronnie Lott, who many NFL Analysts consider to be the greatest safety of all-time. Most of the players didn't achieve their third All-Pro selection until their age 29 season or later. Earl Thomas reached his third All-Pro selection at age 25.

Here's a hot take for you: Earl Thomas, when it's all said and done could be considered the greatest safety of all-time.  I'll just leave that there to marinate and if a trade does happen, we'll come back to that.

Back to the chart.

Another thing I want to point out is that none of these players were 100% healthy. Such is the life in the NFL, especially as you get older, but they were available for at least 14 games a majority of their seasons aged 29 or later. Health is an unpredictable animal in the NFL, but the safety position allows for much more longevity than many other positions. And as the chart depicts, it's a position that ages well.

So, as you can see in the chart, players who were highly productive prior to their age 29 season were also highly productive for several seasons after. These players went onto average almost seven more years in the league from their age 29 seasons.

Most players continued to average a healthy amount of interceptions. The player that saw the biggest decline from the early part of his career to the post-29 part of his career was Brian Dawkins. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos safety went from three interceptions per season prior to 29 to 1.9 interceptions per season 29 and after.

When it comes to the safety position, the elite seem to be able to get the most of their bodies and their abilities and can prolong their prime. The position relies as much on intelligence and awareness as it does quickness and athleticism. Earl Thomas has the mental capacity to play the game for many more years and there's been zero evidence to suggest that he is experiencing any physical decline.

At the rate of his career that he's on, Earl Thomas is destined for the Hall of Fame. He's one of the faces of the Legion of Boom defense that propelled the Seattle Seahawks into the elite category of teams in the early part of this decade.

If and when an Earl Thomas trade does occur, don't sweat an extension for Thomas.

Thomas' credentials put him in an elite group of players who played the game for a very long time and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to do so.

The Dallas Cowboys aren't that far off from having a Super Bowl contending defense built in the image of the Seattle Seahawks. Going to get the All-Pro, future Hall of Fame safety is the final piece to the to the Dallas Cowboys completing construction on "Doomsday III." 

Everything else is there for the Dallas Cowboys, now all they have to do is: Go. Get. Earl!



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Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPN

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ESPN has long been considered "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," and for a long time that title was justified. If you wanted your national sports news, where did you turn to but the cable sports channel to watch that day's episode of SportsCenter. But over the last few years, it's become more and more clear that it's "The Worldwide Leader" in name only.

The ratings are dropping and the network has had to make a lot of business decisions as it relates to much of their on-air talent over the last several years. With their latest under 25 starting 22 -- ahem, troll job -- they seem to have finally come to terms that they are basically First Take.

Noah Brown put it best in his reaction to the ESPN "Insider" voting that led to Saquon Barkley being named to the starting 22 ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. Brown, Elliott's teammate when both were at Ohio State University, came to his defense upon seeing the list.

Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPNAnd here is the ESPN list:

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43 of our NFL Insiders voted. Here's their best starting roster under the age of 25.

I'm sure there could be debates about different positions on the squad. Personally, quarterback is one where an argument could be made for Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott over DeShaun Watson, but that's for another time.

But to have a rookie, who has never played a down in the NFL ahead of the NFL's league leader in rushing for 2016, Ezekiel Elliott, is laughable.

Ridiculous.

Shameful even.

The fact that they had 43, again I use the quotations, "Insiders" vote on this and Ezekiel Elliott wasn't listed as one of the two running backs just shows you how far they've come as a network.

Let's remember that Ezekiel Elliott has averaged a touchdown a game -- receiving and rushing -- in his 25-game career. No running back has more rushing yards than Elliott does over the last two years, including 2017 league rushing leader, Kareem Hunt. No running back has more rushing touchdowns than Elliott's 22 rushing TDs.

Ezekiel Elliott's yards per carry is a healthy 4.63. Todd Gurley sits at 3.93. No player with more than 1,800 rushing yards over the last two years has a better yards per attempt than Ezekiel Elliott.

I get that you'd vote Todd Gurley in there, but to not have Ezekiel Elliott, arguably the game's best running back on your Under 25 starting 22 just makes you look like Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith. Not a sports journalism entity worthy of people throwing money at for "Insider" access.

I won't say that I never or will never watch ESPN, because where else am I gonna go for Monday Night Football, Todd Archer, or the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships? When I'm at my father-in-law's, I'll watch SportsCenter first thing in the morning, because it will be on and you don't change another man's television.

"The Worldwide Leader," however, loses credibility when they promote a list like this that has such a glaring omission.

Perhaps, maybe the goal wasn't to put out an accurate list. Maybe the goal was to get us talking about their list, just like when NFL Network releases their Top 100 players list. Like they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

This troll job from ESPN has certainly gotten them some publicity, or should I say, notoriety.



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