With the NFL Draft over, and our focus now shifted toward the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp, you would imagine that any trade-related content around the team wouldn't be discussed. Yes, you did have the trade of WR Amari Cooper this offseason, but with the way their team currently stands, it's unlikely anyone would be traded or even tied to any rumors.
Well, I was wrong.
And, before you freak out, there is no actual trade brewing around the team.
In his article, Ballentine starts by explaining that he understands it's too early to predict which teams will go for trades–but he based his trade predictions on team needs, contract building, and different stages of team building.
While the Cowboys trade prediction doesn't come till the fourth slide, the other trade predictions he suggested were:
- Philadelphia Eagles making a move for Bengals Safety Jessie Bates III.
- Chicago Bears trading former Cowboy, now Bears Defensive End Robert Quinn to a contender.
- Los Angeles Chargers making a play for New York Giants Running Back Saquon Barkley to form a dynamic duo with RB Austin Ekeler.
- Baltimore Ravens adding Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett to give Ravens QB Lamar Jackson a WR1 again.
In his explanation, Ballentine said that Jones had some of his best seasons under Quinn, and despite the franchise re-signing LB Leighton Vander Esch, and drafting LSU LBs Jabril Cox and Damone Clark in back-to-back years– Jones would be a huge upgrade over all three.
Ballentine added that the Falcons can trade Jones after June 1st and save $10.7 million for their cap, and because they're a rebuilding team, it would make sense for them to save some money.
To begin, I'm 100% on board for the franchise to add a young talent like Jones and because of the familiarity with Quinn, I believe he could get back on track. Second, as much as I would love to push the button to trade for Jones, I'm not confident the front office goes after a trade.
While you're likely looking only at a Day 2 or Day 3 Pick you would have to give up, the front office isn't known for going for big trades. Yes, they did make the Amari Cooper trade a few years ago, but if you're telling me the Cowboys were going after a trade– I would laugh at you.
And what did they do? They didn't trade.
To me, I could already hear Jerry and Stephen Jones saying how confident they are in the LB bunch they have, and how the money wouldn't work for Jones. Nonetheless, it was an interesting trade idea that I enjoyed reading about.
So what do you think Cowboy fans? Would you pull the trigger on a trade for Deion Jones?