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6 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded

This past week, news broke that the Dallas Cowboys turned down trade opportunities during the NFL Draft for a couple of their running backs. Also, former starting left guard, Ronald Leary, decided to skip OTAs and have his agent request a trade from the Cowboys. Players requesting a trade isn’t uncommon, but teams aren’t going to just give away their players. They want to get as much compensation as possible, but it often comes down to finding a trade partner that is willing to meet your asking price. Trades aren’t quite as commonplace in the NFL as they are in the NBA and MLB, but they still happen.

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded

This past week, news broke that the Dallas Cowboys turned down trade opportunities during the NFL Draft for a couple of their running backs. Also, former starting left guard, Ronald Leary, decided to skip OTAs and have his agent request a trade from the Cowboys.

Players requesting a trade isn't uncommon, but teams aren't going to just give away their players. They want to get as much compensation as possible, but it often comes down to finding a trade partner that is willing to meet your asking price.

Trades aren't quite as commonplace in the NFL as they are in the NBA and MLB, but they still happen.

When I first heard the news that there was interest during the draft about trading for one of the Cowboys running backs, it got me thinking of other possible players on the roster that might be tradable commodities.

I came up with six players that are not only fighting for their roster spots with the Cowboys this year, but players that might draw interest from other teams around the league.

First off, I decided to start with the most obvious and the only player that has  actually requested a trade, at least at this time.

Ronald Leary

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players That Could Be TradedIt really comes as no surprise that Ronald Leary has requested a trade from the Dallas Cowboys.

He knows that if he remains on the Cowboys roster he will be behind La'el Collins and relegated to backup duty. His best chance to earn a starting position will more than likely be on another team's roster in 2016.

The Cowboys, however, would probably be wise to retain his services because Leary is a proven starter in the NFL and if anything was to happen to the offensive guard position, he could step in and help alleviate that loss without the offensive line missing much of a beat.

Leary does have trade value, but I think the Cowboys would have to be blown away with an offer to send him packing. He is simply too valuable as a backup and the fact that the Cowboys will receive a future compensatory pick makes Leary's trade unlikely.

Leary could become a commodity for a team that is looking for a starting offensive guard as we get closer to the start of the season, but don't expect the Cowboys to just give him away.

Darren McFadden & Alfred Morris

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded 1It is rumored that the Cowboys received calls during the draft about the possibility of trading either Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, but we know that this ultimately led to nothing.

It is interesting to know that both Morris and McFadden can be tradable commodities once we get closer to the start of the season.

The Cowboys seem to be loaded at the running back position and I don't really see a scenario where they will carry two veteran running backs. I think it will come down to one or the other, but I won't rule out the possibility of both Morris and McFadden playing for a different team in 2016.

I think this will ultimately come down to how well Darius Jackson performs and if he can earn the trust of the coaching staff. Jackson could make both McFadden and Morris expendable. If Lance Dunbar is able to return and pick up where he left off, that makes it far less likely that McFadden or Morris remains with the Cowboys.

Whether they like it or not, McFadden and Morris are tied together. It will more than likely come down to one or the other, but both of them could be playing for a different team this season.

Gavin Escobar

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(AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Jose Yau)

The Cowboys have never really been able to find a consistent role on offense for Gavin Escobar, which is unfortunate because he has the talent to be a mismatch player in the NFL.

With the re-signing of tight end James Hanna, it looks as if the writing is on the wall for Escobar and his future with the organization.

If Escobar is fully recovered from his Achilles injury he would be an intriguing option for teams looking for that receiver type tight end that has grown in popularity around the NFL. It was rumored that the Cowboys turned down a third-round draft pick for Escobar last year and I wonder now if they are kicking themselves for that decision.

Of course, Escobar's trade value will ultimately come down to how well he has recovered from his Achilles injury and whether or not the Cowboys still believe he is worthy of a roster spot.

J.J. Wilcox & Barry Church

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(Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News)

J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church are both entering the final years of their contracts and both players could be fighting for their lives with the Cowboys.

Wilcox and Church are both similar in their playing styles. They both struggle in coverage and are more suitable to play down in the box.

Church has been solid as a starting strong safety the past few years, but it's no secret that the organization is trying to improve the play at the safety position. He could become expendable if Kavon Frazier has anything to say about it.

Wilcox on the other hand was drafted as a project, with the hopes that he would develop into a starting safety for the Cowboys. Since being drafted, he's shown that the lack of experience is still hurting him and he can't be relied upon on a regular basis.

Wilcox might not have much trade value, but somebody may be willing to take a chance that they can help develop him further. He has physical skills, but he still doesn't quite know how to apply them on the field.

Wilcox and Church are linked together much like Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. If the Cowboys decide to go younger at the position, they could be playing for another team in 2016.

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  • Bryson Treece

    On Wilcox' status, it only further devalues him that Frazier and he will be vying for that backup spot if Byron Jones is to make a move from CB to FS, as expected. While Wilcox has all but shown his ceiling as a safety, Frazier only has to prove so much to make the cut above Wilcox.

  • Brian Martin

    I don't really think Wilcox has reached his ceiling as a safety yet. I really think he is still learning the position. But I do agree that Frazier doesn't really have to show very much to make Wilcox expendable.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

Kevin Brady



Byron Jones

Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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