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5 Players Cowboys Could put on the Trade Market

Brian Martin

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Is Orlando Scandrick In The Cowboys' 2017 Plans?

The off-season is shaping up to be an interesting one for the Dallas Cowboys. They have clear needs that need to be addressed pretty much across the board, but they also have some players with possible trade value they may be willing to part with. That is what I want to focus on today.

Of course, there is no way of knowing who will make the team in 2018, but there are some indicators that would suggest which players have the better chance to stick around. I used those indicators to scour over the Cowboys roster and determine which players might be on their way out and which ones possibly hold any trade value.

Below are five current Dallas Cowboys players who I believe could be put on the trade market at some point this off-season.

CB Orlando Scandrick

Orlando Scandrick

Dallas Cowboys WR Orlando Scandrick

It's probably not a surprise to many of you to find Orlando Scandrick's name on this list, especially considering the Dallas Cowboys were rumored to gauge his trade value last off-season. But, here we are nearly a year later and Scandrick is still on the roster, but probably for not much longer.

The writing seems to be on the wall and that has everything to do with how well the Cowboys young and up-and-coming defensive backs played last year. The way they performed in 2017 likely makes Scandrick expendable.

Now, there's no way of knowing if he has any trade value though. Teams may prefer to wait and see if the Cowboys release him. But, if a team wants to avoid a bidding war, they could probably toss a late round draft pick the Cowboys way to secure his services. I think that's all it would take, and the Cowboys would be more than happy to accept.

WR Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley

I don't know about you, but I'm a huge Cole Beasley fan and would hate to see him leave Dallas anytime soon. With that being said though, I could see why the Dallas Cowboys would put him on the trade market.

It probably wasn't the best time for Beasley to have a different production in 2017. He only has one year remaining on his four-year contract extension he signed back in 2015, which means he will become a free agent after the completion of the 2018 season. He is also set to count $4.25 million against the salary cap this season.

The Dallas Cowboys already seem to have his replacement on the roster in Ryan Switzer, so unfortunately Beasley's future with the Cowboys is in doubt. There would probably be strong interest in him because he is one of the better slot receivers in the NFL. But, this all probably depends on if the Cowboys believe Switzer is ready for an expanded role.

WR Terrance Williams 

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Like Cole Beasley, the Dallas Cowboys seem to already have a younger/cheaper option on the roster (Noah Brown) ready to take over for Terrance Williams. Then there is the fact that he is coming off arguably his worst season in Dallas, where he failed to record a single touchdown catch.

All of this doesn't bode well for Williams sticking to the Cowboys roster. He may have just signed team friendly four-year, $17 million contract extension last off-season to stay in Dallas, but the contract is affordable enough to entice the right team to work out a deal with the Cowboys.

Despite what some Cowboys fans think, Williams holds value to other teams around the NFL. This is a trade that would likely happen after the draft took place. Williams could become even more expendable if Dallas drafts another WR. He would then become a progress stopper.

TE James Hanna

James Hanna

Dallas Cowboys TE James Hanna

James Hanna could become a salary-cap casualty this off-season. He is entering the last year of his contract and is set to count $3.5 million against the salary cap. But, the Cowboys would be wise to gauge his trade value before outright releasing him if that is indeed the plan.

The reason I think he could end up on the trade market is because the Cowboys may need to make room for Rico Gathers on the roster and Hanna, although valuable, seems the most logical choice. This is especially true when you consider his salary situation as well.

Hanna may never be a starting caliber tight end, but teams could still value his skill set and how many different ways he can contribute as a backup. We've seen many a time Jason Witten's backups find success with other teams after departing Dallas, and Hanna could be the next.

Byron Jones

Byron Jones

Dallas Cowboys S Byron Jones

Out of all of the Dallas Cowboys players on this list, I think Byron Jones probably has the most trade value. He is one of the most athletically gifted defensive backs in the entire NFL and has the versatility to play just about any position in the secondary.

It is my opinion, and you may disagree, that the Dallas Cowboys have failed to utilize him correctly and forced him to play positions he's not comfortable with. He already received a demotion of sorts in 2017 when he was forced to split time with Kavon Frazier. But, at just 25 years old, he still probably has a lot of football ahead of himself.

He is entering his last year of his contract, and it's unlikely the Cowboys exercise his fifth year option right now. They could decide to move him back to cornerback full-time, or they could be ready to move on completely and gauge his trade value on the open market. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what Jones' fate is going forward.

Do you think any of these Dallas Cowboys players get traded?



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10 Comments
  • Derek Robinson

    T Will, and J. Hanna. Everybody else you keep. Especially B. Jones. With the new DB coach, you may just see one of the best DB groups in the league next season.

    • Brian Martin

      I’m personally keeping Byron Jones, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cowboys put him on the trading block. I’m interested to see what Kris Richard does with him.

      • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

        Well there again if they had a REAL coaching staff that knew how to develop players Jones would be talked about as really great….but alas they have a staff they call coaches but aren’t…….

    • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

      And this is why Jerry never changes a thing in Dallas as long as he has fans like you he doesn’t have to. The coaches they brought in are just lipstick on a pig…..you need to wake up dude.

  • Travis Diggs

    Byron Jones is one of the more solid players on this roster You let scandrick go and see where Kris Richard wants Byron at, whether its corner or safety

    • Brian Martin

      Travis, I completely agree. I’m really looking forward to see what Richard does with Byron Jones.

  • Randy Martin

    I think it is fair to say that Byron Jones hasn’t played up to the level of his draft pick. Frankly, I wasn’t happy with his selection because I felt like they fell in love with his combine. Yeah, he had some tape at UConn but there were less risky options. And I agree that perhaps his growth has been stunted. There has been turnover at DB coach in his tenure and now a new one, but in Richard I feel we have a guy that can at least get the most out of these guys. Don’t get me wrong, Jones hasn’t played poorly but certainly not like a 1st round pick. But I want to see him after Richard gets some time with him. Beasley is certainly expendable with the addition of Switzer but he needs to make a big leap to fill those shoes. A lot of teams would be in the market for a Beasley though he is hugely popular in Dallas. I’m completely fine with the rest of them though as you know NFL trades are not entirely common, especially 5 at a time. I think Scandrick is the most likely to move on. As far as Hanna, there is also the possibility of drafting another TE so it could get real crowded in the TE room. Something will need to give.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I’m personally a big fan of Byron Jones. I think the Cowboys have put him in a poor position to succeed. He needed to either be playing CB full time or deep safety, but that hasn’t been the case. Really looking forward to seeing what Richard can do with him. I also still hold out hope that we will see both Beasley and Switzer on the field together, but who knows if that will ever happen. I think that will put defenses in a tough situation.

  • Nick Russo

    I think you move Byron back to CB. Throw him opposite of Chido and allow Lewis to play the slot. I think Xavier Woods combination of tackling and coverage makes him a better candidate at safety and Frazier is the run playing, hard hitting safety we haven’t had since Roy Williams. Terrance Williams hasn’t caught a ball with his hands since he was drafted and I’d like to give Noah brown a chance also given his blocking ability in the run game. Ideally if we could keep Switzer and Beasley I think dak would be able to utilize both of them similar to how Brady does amendola and edleman.

  • Hobbes49

    I think they could get value for Byron Jones or Terrance Williams. Not sure Scandrick Hannah, or Beasley draw much

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Ezekiel Elliott Productive in Cowboys Blowout Loss to Colts

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3 Stars from Dallas Cowboys Loss to the Seattle Seahawks

It was as ugly of a performance as we’ve seen from the Dallas Cowboys in the Jason Garrett era. For the first time in a decade and a half, the Cowboys were shut out and it was a game full of bad pretty much everywhere you looked. Everywhere accept Ezekiel Elliott.

What a waste! 

Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line played well for much of the game even with All-Pro Right Guard Zack Martin missing his first career start and losing starting Left Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo went out with an eye injury. 

On the day, Ezekiel Elliott carries the ball 18 times for 87 yards and added another seven receptions for 41. 25 touches for 128 total yards is a good game, but with nothing else going right for the Cowboys it was a game that ultimately didn’t matter. 

The one play where Elliott and the offensive line failed to come through was early in the game in a fourth and one that the Colts defense seemed to have snuffed out and blew up from the start. Elliott was able to convert a fourth and one later in the game. It looked like Elliott was close to breaking one for a long run several times but got tripped up at the end of the runs. He was his typical self this week. Taking runs that looked to be going for a loss and turning them into positive gains. 

In the race for the NFL's rushing title, Elliott has extended his lead on Todd Gurley to nearly 100 yards rushing. At 1,349 rushing yards on the season, Elliott will have a great shot to set a career high in rushing yards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants remaining on the schedule. The Bucs have allowed the sixth most rushing yards and the fourth most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season while the Giants have allowed the fifth most rushing yards and the seventh most rushing touchdowns in 2018.

It was a horrendous loss at a time when the Cowboys could have locked up the NFC East and there is zero excuse for it. They got out coached, out played, and were beaten physically on both sides of the ball and that doesn't happen very often, especially to the defense.

But if we're looking for something positive to take away from this game, it's that with all the offensive line injuries and the poor play of the passing game, Ezekiel Elliott and the running game continues to find ways to shine. With as bad as the loss was, that's something to hang your hat on.

All the Cowboys need to do moving forward is Feed Zeke!



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Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Division Clinch with Shutout Loss at Colts

Sean Martin

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Sean's Scout: Cowboys Can't Finish Drives, Division Clinch with Shutout Loss at Colts

What is there to say about the Dallas Cowboys week 15 performance? After five straight wins, the last three coming at home, the Cowboys have only a return home to look forward to, facing the 5-9 Buccaneers on Sunday after a 23-0 defeat at the Colts.

Shutout for the first time since 2003, the Cowboys playoff hopes didn't take a hit despite the Redskins and Eagles winning on the road. Washington's last-second win went final just before the Colts ran the clock out on a game the Cowboys simply weren't ready for.

The Cowboys moved the ball well at times but failed to ever come away with points, opening the door for the Colts to expose this defense like it hasn't been all season. The Cowboys front four was hardly a factor on defense, allowing Colts Running Back Marlon Mack to average 5.1 yards a carry. Scoring the Colts only touchdowns, Mack and Andrew Luck assured the Cowboys running game wouldn't be a factor with their 10-0 halftime lead. Down to three backups at LG, C, and RG, Quarterback Dak Prescott stood little chance to bring the Cowboys back as the second half quickly got away from Dallas.

Internally, the Cowboys will have much more to say about their effort on Sunday, but here are just a few of my observations in the first somber edition of Sean's Scout since week nine.

  • The Cowboys defensive problems up front extended well into the second level, with Linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith both playing one of their worst games of the season. 

The Colts took a blocked Brett Maher field goal 44 yards for the game's opening score. Mack accounted for 34 of these yards and the touchdown. On his seven yard run to set up first and goal, Smith was caught taking a poor angle on Mack. The Cowboys were aggressive rushing up the field on the play, with Smith ending up being in the best position to slow Mack.

Vander Esch was sealed and couldn't fight to get off, which happened again three plays later on third and goal. Leighton looking like a rookie for the first time was just the start of the Cowboys problems, and with Sean Lee being active yet conceding starting snaps to him, it shouldn't take long for Vander Esch to figure things out again.

  • Jamize Olawale's dropped touchdown on third and goal to bring up a failed fourth and one was the moment the Cowboys were taken out of this game. 

This sequence was particularly deflating because the Cowboys did a great job getting down the field to have an opportunity to score. The fourth down decision to run out of a heavy formation, inviting extra defenders to the line of scrimmage, looks especially egregious when stacked against the Amari Cooper rush that picked up the Cowboys initial first down. Rookie Tight End Dalton Schultz got involved, Elliott ripped off a 24 yard run, and the Cowboys still came away empty on this drive.

A year removed from coaching the Cowboys linebackers, Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus had his way with Scott Linehan's offense all afternoon, stymieing their most promising drive after Olawale should have scored easily.

  • The Cowboys only chance to get back in the game was taken away from them by a Joe Looney holding call, just another example of players that had carried them through a winning streak not playing up to standard. 

The Colts took the second half kickoff down the field to extend the lead to 17-0. On fourth and two on the ensuing possession, Prescott hit an injured Cole Beasley for 18 yards to the Colts' 23-yard line. The Cowboys red zone offense certainly doesn't provide the confidence that Dallas would finish the drive, but Looney's hold negated Beasley's catch and forced a punt.

The Colts tacked on a field goal and finished out the game without the Cowboys threatening again. Looney played down to the level of Adam Redmond to his left, who replaced Xavier Su'a-Filo, and Connor Williams in for Zack Martin - though I thought Williams held up fairly well and should be in play to earn more snaps wherever needed.

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

The Cowboys can regroup and still accomplish everything they set out for this season, forced to make this loss to the Colts and afterthought like their last one to the Titans became. A five game win streak as a response is out of reach, but a streak of just one is all Dallas needs to clinch the NFC East and focus on improvements for the playoffs.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Division Clinch with Shutout Loss at Colts" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Next Day Rant: Too Many Letdown Games Under Jason Garrett

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Jason Garrett

Yesterday's 23-0 shutout in Indianapolis was one of the ugliest losses the Dallas Cowboys have had during Jason Garrett's tenure as head coach. Even though it probably won't cost them a playoff spot this year, let alone the NFC East title, it still reminds us of a painful history with Garrett's teams.

It takes me back to those 8-8 seasons during  Jason's first three years as head coach, when playoff hopes were dashed time and again by that inevitable letdown loss in December.

In 2011, the Cowboys were 8-6 with two games to go. The NFC East was all bunched together, with the division title and playoffs in reach. Dallas fell flat in a 20-7 home loss to the Eagles, then got walloped 31-14 in New York.

2012; Dallas is again 8-6. They lost at home, in overtime, to a Saints team that finished the year 7-9. It robbed them of the chance to make their Week 17 finale against Washington, the eventual division winner, a meaningful game.

2013; Dallas is 7-5 after Thanksgiving. They go 1-3 to finish the year, losing to two teams who finished the year with just 8 wins each.

This loss reminded me of those years, where the team just didn't look hungry or emotionally prepared to play despite having everything to play for. For as much as we've credited Jason Garrett for his work as a motivator and leader, these blemishes can't be ignored.

Colts

The Indianapolis Colts ran over the Dallas Cowboys in their 23-0 shutout victory (Week 15, 2018).

To be fair, yesterday's game was a recipe for a loss. The Cowboys were riding high on their five-game win streak. They knew that all they needed was one win in their next three games to clinch the NFC East.

Meanwhile, the Colts are part of a cluster of teams vying for the last Wild Card spot in the AFC. One loss could be the difference between playing football in January or preparing for the offseason.

One team was comfortable and maybe a little complacent, and the other was desperate. Throw in home field and having a better quarterback, and Indianapolis was rightly favored to win the game.

But that 3-point spread was one thing, and Dallas losing 23-0 is another.

Other than their upset win over New Orleans, the Cowboys haven't exactly been taking on the cream of the NFL crop during this win streak. Atlanta is 5-9 and the Eagles and Redskins are both just 7-7.

This Colts game was a chance for Dallas to show its mettle against a legitimate playoff contender. They'd failed throughout the year, losing to Carolina, Seattle, Houston, and Tennessee. But that was before they got hot and got Amari Cooper going.

This game needed to be different. But instead, it was very familiar.

Once again, Jason Garrett's Cowboys couldn't seal the deal. They got outclassed by a team which, by all appearances, is equal to them in talent.

Is the Cowboys 2018 Season Circling the Drain? 1

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Panic mode is silly when it comes to Dallas making the playoffs. If they can't get a win over the next two weeks with the Bucs and Giants on the schedule, they don't deserve to be there anyway.

The Cowboys should still win the NFC East regardless of what happened yesterday, but now the concern is if this team is really ready for the playoffs. Because a legit playoff team just made us look like hot garbage.

In the 2014 and 2016 seasons, we've taken solace in how close those games have been. If the Dez catch had been called correctly, or if Aaron Rodgers hadn't pulled that throw to Jared Cook out of his butt, the Cowboys might have very well advanced to the NFC Championship. They were contenders, and they took those games down to the wire.

But is this Dallas team a contender, or are they going to be the champions of a weak division? Will they compete in January?

That's the scary thought that yesterday's disaster leaves me with. On average, Jason Garrett has these guys motivated to play. Even when you question the X's and O's, the team almost always seems to play hard.

But they didn't in Indianapolis. They appeared to be resting on the laurels of their win streak and seemingly inevitable division title, and that's concerning with playoff games on the horizon.

Maybe this game was exactly the kind of wake-up call that this young roster needed. This isn't 2016 again; you're not rolling into the playoffs as a 13-win juggernaut.

A good coach uses a game like this to help his team learn and grow. It's actually great for them if it eradicates any potential complacency that had set in.

But that means Jason Garrett has to overcome his history. We've been let down too many times already.



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