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5 Dallas Cowboys Players Who Could Become Trade Assets

The have one of their deepest rosters from top to bottom in recent memory. Unfortunately, that means they're going to be quite a few talented players who aren't going to make the team this year like they would have in years past. If I'm the Cowboys, I'm not just tossing these players away. I'm going to try to get some compensation in return, even if it's just late-round picks.

Today though I don't want to focus on all of the players who could become assets for the Dallas Cowboys. Instead, I want to focus on just a few of them who I believe the Cowboys could get the most bang for their buck if traded away. After all, it's more exciting talking about players we know more about than those who aren't.

Let's get started…

DE, Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton
Dallas Cowboys DE

Taco Charlton has two years under his belt with the Dallas Cowboys, but unfortunately doesn't have much to show for it. The Cowboys knew he was a project player when they drafted him, but his lack of development to this point is concerning to say the least. It didn't help matters last year when he found himself in the coaches doghouse, meaning it's time for him to put up or shut up in the Year 3.

If the Cowboys are indeed ready to wash their hands of Taco, they could put him on the trade block to see if another team around the league would like to try their hand at tapping into his talent. After trading for , , and adding two rookie DEs through the draft, Dallas seems to have plenty in depth at the position. Charlton could very well be in a make or break .

RT, La'el Collins

La'el Collins
Dallas Cowboys RT

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted with their third-round draft pick in the a few weeks ago it opened up a floodgate of possibilities with how they could go about deploying their this season. Unfortunately for La'el Collins, who is entering the last year of his contract, it could potentially mean his time in Dallas is coming to an end sooner than expected. He could now be a trade asset.

The Cowboys could choose to use Collins in a trade to hopefully upgrade another position and then kick out to right . That would mean Connor McGovern slides in as a rookie at left guard. It's a long shot this will happen because of all of the moving pieces involved and the fact Dallas will receive a 2020 compensatory pick for Collins, but it's still a possibility for the right price or player.

G/C, Joe Looney

Joe Looney
Dallas Cowboys OG/C

The Dallas Cowboys would probably hate to kick Joe Looney to the curb after how well be filled in for in 2018, but that may have already all that happened by drafting Connor McGovern. This is the La'el Collins situation all over again. With McGovern aboard, the Cowboys offensive line is going to be something a lot of teams around the league will be keeping a close eye on, and that includes Looney.

Looney proved last year he's more than capable of handling the starting responsibility that goes with playing in the NFL. Plus, he has the added versatility to play guard in a snap as well. That could come in high demand once offseason practices get underway and start piling up. Looney is a valuable asset still in Dallas, just not as much as he was before McGovern was added to the mix. Still, don't be surprised if you see him on the trade block.

CB, Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis
Dallas Cowboys CB (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

If there is one person out there in the who isn't really happy with since his arrival in Dallas, it's probably Jourdan Lewis. He saw his playing time significantly decrease in 2018 after playing quite a bit as a rookie. After his first year with the Cowboys it was looking as if he could compete for a starting job, but Richard's arrival squashed that from happening. Now, he is nothing more than fourth on the CB .

On many teams around the league Lewis would be a starting caliber CB on the outside or in the slot. Unfortunately in Dallas he doesn't fit Richard's size/length thresholds and was left watching from the sideline for the most of the . The only significant playing time he really had was against the Saints, when he was asked to contain , one of the NFL's most dangerous weapons. Lewis' contract expires in 2020 and the Cowboys should consider moving him if they're not going to use him. A lot of teams would line up for his services.

RB/WR, Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin
Dallas Cowboys RB/WR Tavon Austin (Joe Nicholson- Sports)

Count me as one of those who were really excited about the Dallas Cowboys decision to trade for Tavon Austin last offseason. I was really looking forward to seeing what he could add to the because of his ability to be a threat as a runner, receiver, and return specialist. Unfortunately, we only saw flashes of his game changing ability because of a groin he sustained early in the season. Now, he may once again find himself on the trade block because of the Cowboys decision to draft a similar weapon in .

A lot of people view Pollard as a backup , but I don't think he's ready for that kind of responsibility just yet. When I studied his game film I saw a bigger version of Tavon Austin and I believe that's the kind of role he will play with the Cowboys in his first few years while he develops into a more complete player. The bad thing about this is there's not any sense and keeping two similar players on the roster, and unfortunately Pollard is younger and cheaper. Who knows though, maybe is a mastermind who can get them both involved?

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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I don’t think Dallas can get much for Tavon due to his injury baggage. Also Lael will be a FA after this year and if a team wants him they can just enter the bidding war. I don’t see Dallas, unless they are offered a lot, trading Lael this year.

My prediction is Tavon gets cut after TC.


If we can get a sack of practice footballs for Taco we should jump on it. He’s the worst 1st round pick since Bobby Carpenter.

Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

Taco and Austin both have zero trade value at this point. Collins is definitely on the block, but none of the rest get traded, save maybe Lewis, but that’s only IF Westry turns into something

Not your goat

To think the same guys drafting like this passed Watt for Taco
2018 LVE Pro-Bowler
2017 Taco, nothing
2016 Zeke, All-Pro
2015 Byron Jones, All-Pro
2014 Zack Martin, All-Pro
2013 Travis Frederick All-Pro
2012 Mo Claiborne, bust
2011* Tyron Smith, All-Pro
2010 Dez, All-Pro

Dallas could raise Taco’s stock significantly if they played him on the left side 3 quarters a game during the preseason and simply being a 1st round pick on a pass-rush heavy team there’s a GM out there willing to gamble at least a 5th on him. And if Jerry can get Randy Gregory reinstated along with any significant growth out of Armstrong or a push from Hyder there’s no reason even to keep Taco around.

2011* gets an asterisk because you could have thrown darts at a draft board and nabbed an All-Pro

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