BREAKING: Cowboys trade for DT Johnathan Hankins

    Cowboys acquire DT Johnathan Hankins and a 2024 seventh-round pick from the Raiders in exchange for their 2023 sixth-round pick.

    The added to their depth Tuesday afternoon by trading for Raiders DT .

    According to sources, the Cowboys acquired Hankins and a 2024 seventh-round pick from the Raiders in exchange for their 2023 sixth-round pick.

    The former second-round pick brings run-stopping ability to the interior — an issue the Cowboys needed to address moving forward. Pro currently has Hankins graded better against the run than every Dallas Cowboys defensive except for .

    The selected Hankins in the of the 2013 draft out of Ohio State. In his 10-year career, Hankins has logged 366 tackles (205 solo), 36 tackles for loss, 47 QB hits, and 14.5 . In five games this season for Las Vegas, he has ten tackles, and one QB hit.

    What a turn of events; just a few days ago, we all heard say he did not expect a with the deadline approaching, but I am happy they traded for the one spot where the needed a boost.

    This trade comes at a perfect time for Dallas.

    Looking at the remaining schedule, they face four top-ranked rush offenses starting with Chicago next week. They will see again, , , and .

    I don't know how many snaps Hankins will see right away. This seems more like a depth move and maybe he will make his way into the rotation, but this move helps the Cowboys' defensive weakness.

    They now have 10 DLs on the roster, with in the middle of a 21-day practice window coming off IR. Hankins counts $718,644 against the the rest of the way, and he is set to be a UFA when the season ends.

    What an excellent move in the season for the Cowboys, adding a veteran who has proven he can stop the run effectively.

    Shane Taylor
    Shane Taylor
    Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside the Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43


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    Thank God we only gave up 6th and got back a 7th.
    We should trade at least 2 of our DTs before we have to cut them


    Big move for the Cowboys. Hankins size alone makes this an exciting move. 6′ 3″ and 340 pounds operating in a Dan Quinn defensive scheme. That’s just huge!!! Now we’re able to go with some 5 man fronts. 3 tackles and 2 ends. Would love to see Hankins, Osi, and Gallamore inside with Lawrence and Armstrong outside at the defensive end spots. Run defense should see quick improvement. Big Ups to Jerry for making it happen!


    Good move, nice addition, this will probably help the run defense. They had a shot at him a couple years ago, but I guess better late than never.