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Should The Cowboys Consider Trading For Seahawks CB Richard Sherman?

RJ Ochoa



Richard Sherman

The state of the Dallas Cowboys secondary took a serious hit on Thursday when two back-to-back moves sent ripples all through the confines of Cowboys Nation. First, there was Brandon Carr agreeing to terms with the Baltimore Ravens. Shortly after that, word began to surface that Morris Claiborne is essentially going to be a member of the New York Jets. With a lack of cornerbacks on their roster, should the Dallas Cowboys consider trading for one? Namely… Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman?

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Report: Seahawks open to trading Sherman

Let’s all immediately recognize that the response to the departures of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne is to not do anything we’ll regret later. That being said, the notion of Richard Sherman wearing a Dallas Cowboys uniform is one that made me scratch my chin. Sherman’s career resume is one that any soon-to-be-29-year-old NFL cornerback would be proud of. He’s a 4-Time Pro Bowler, 3-Time First-Team All-Pro, and has 32 career interceptions in 108 career games (including playoffs).

It’s not rocket science or football mastery to understand that Richard Sherman is a better cornerback than both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Sherman actually carries an identical trait to Carr in that neither has missed a game across their entire careers, something Morris Claiborne can only claim when he’s up for a new contract.

Now for what it’s worth, Richard Sherman is due over $22M across the next two seasons… which is an enormous amount of money to pay an NFL cornerback. The Cowboys do have some cap relief headed their way in 2018 – not to mention a hopeful boatload of compensatory picks – but it may be too tricky to make the money work regarding Richard Sherman.

Richard Sherman

Could Richard Sherman’s next game be in a Dallas Cowboys uniform?

What would it take to persuade Seattle to part with a player that’s been so much of their defensive identity across their little dynasty? Surely it would take something significant, and the Cowboys don’t really have a whole lot to give. Their biggest supposed trade piece, Tony Romo, can’t seem to garner a return offer worth giving him up, plus it’s not like the Seahawks are in the market for quarterback help. Any chance at prying away Sherman would certainly include a high-level draft pick leaving the Cowboys.

Ever since Morris Claiborne – irony is awesome – we’ve seen that the Cowboys really don’t like parting with those big-time draft selections. Say it were to cost somewhere around a 2nd Round choice and potentially swapping spots in the 3rd (a hypothetical value), it wouldn’t really be worth it for the Cowboys. The 2017 NFL Draft Class is one littered with depth at the cornerback position, and that selection can be used on a much younger player with a far larger window, granted he obviously wouldn’t be as good as Sherman is today.

The fact that Seattle is even willing to part with Sherman is interesting and perhaps enough to raise caution on its own. Throughout 2016 Richard Sherman dealt with an ankle injury and perhaps the Seahawks think that’s an indication of his potential durability moving forward. We’ve seen the Cowboys begin the purging process at the cornerback position by moving on from Carr and Claiborne, the last thing we need is a step backwards. Trading away assets in a draft that will help you fix this problem is a step backwards. So in summation, no thanks Seattle… unless you drop your price down of course.

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  • leo thomas


  • deal with it

    nope. Sherman is too expensive and too cocky.he would be questioning Garrett on day one of camp.

  • Thomas Williams

    We just have to stick with the plan. I am pretty sure its going to work out, once we get to the draft. I think we will be just fine….COWBOYS 4 LIFE!!

  • Rory Jones

    LOL this is silly. One he will cost way too much for a team that has no money. Two no way would I ever give up a 1st. I would struggle to give up a 2nd for him at his cost. That being said he is a top CB and would really help this team. Still it wont happen. Moving on.

    • Albert Smith

      I’d take a look at Malcolm Butler before Sherman, younger and has shown his mettle on the big stage.

      • Kenneth Gardner

        He is an RFA and would REQUIRE giving up a 1st round pick to get him assuming the Pat wouldn’t match your offer. He is way more of a long shot than Sherman.

  • Travis Diggs

    What the hell Why is this even a discussion?? If your not willing to trade for a defensive end then ain’t no way in hell You going to trade for a overrated corner

  • Kenney Freabe

    Get em would try butler though first

    • Kenneth Gardner

      Unlikely the Pats don’t match any offer the Cowboys could afford with him being a RFA. That and would he definitely lose a first rounder to do it if they by some slim chance they didn’t match.

  • dallas1966

    RJ, if the Cowboys are able to get Sherman, for less, I would say , go for it. Sherman would be the Charles Haley, of the Cowboys secondary, but, if it’s for a king ransom, I wouldn’t do it, I would pass.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.


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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job

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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job 1

By keeping all three top coaches (Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli) in place for 2018, there isn’t a Dallas Cowboys coaching hire that feels like they “must” get it right to contend next season. This is how it should be.

Producing nine wins, despite missing key players throughout the season, the Cowboys are changing things up at the position coach level to hopefully introduce new ideas and give the talent on this team a better chance at sustained success.

One coaching vacancy that needs to be filled by the right guy above any else is on the offensive line, where things haven’t been the same since the great Bill Callahan departed.

Frank Pollack took his place, and now finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after not being retained by Dallas this offseason.

Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job

Tom Cable (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)

The first name that was thrown around in consideration for the Cowboys job was Tom Cable, which sent a panic throughout Cowboys Nation before Cable decided to sign with John Gruden and the Raiders.

Cable had been coaching the Seahawks’ OL, a position that franchise has not valued in some time, and struggled to develop any talent in protection of their franchise QB Russell Wilson.

Now, two new names have emerged as candidates to coach the likes of two-time 1st Team All-Pro LT Tyron Smith, 1st Team All-Pro C Travis Frederick, and two-time 1st Team All-Pro RG Zack Martin.

Mike Solari and Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander has already met with the Dallas Cowboys, looking for work after 23 seasons with the Bengals. During this time, Alexander served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant head coach, in addition to his duties as their OL coach.

Judging on reactions out of Cincinnati to Alexander’s departure, the Bengals offensive line regressed under him in 2017, warranting change from a franchise that is as reluctant as any to move on from coaches.

Goodberry on Twitter

Paul Alexander better be gone

Most recently, Mike Solari has served as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants — far from a renowned unit around the NFL lately. He does have previous experience with the Cowboys, having served as an assistant OL and special teams coach here from 1987-88.

From 2006-07, Solari did reach the rank of offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, which shows the level of respect that the 30-year NFL coaching veteran has earned.

He will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next interview for their open OL coach position.

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Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins, RG Zack Martin

Depth at tackle, a long-term answer at left guard, and an extension for Zack Martin are among the questions facing the Cowboys offensive line moving forward. Whoever is in charge of keeping this unit up to standard in 2018 though, may hold the keys to getting the entirety of the Cowboys’ program back on track.

Whether it’s Alexander, Solari, or another outside candidate yet to emerge, Inside The Star will keep you updated on the Cowboys’ ongoing coaching search.

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Cowboys Defensive Back Questions Still Need Answers

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Byron Jones
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The Dallas Cowboys defense took a step forward in 2017, and in the process they answered several questions. They found a “war daddy” in DeMarcus Lawrence, something that’s been missing since DeMarcus Ware left for the Denver Broncos. Lawrence finished tied for second with Calais Campbell in sacks with 14.5, and made the NFL All-Pro Second Team.

We got to see Jaylon Smith answer questions about his health all season long. Smith appears to be trending in the right direction, both in his health and his performance on the field.

The plan to rebuild the secondary seems to be on the right track as they’ve found a couple of aggressive corners in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. They have the look of a dynamic duo that will be impact players on this team for a long, long time.

Kavon Frazier has been a revelation. The thumper at the safety position is something that’s been missing for the Dallas Cowboys since Roy Williams.

However, questions still remain about a defense that carried this team at times, and looked like the Rob Ryan and Monte Kiffin defenses of yesteryear at other times.

To me the biggest questions in the secondary revolve around Byron Jones and Xavier Woods.

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Dallas Cowboys S Byron Jones (James D. Smith via AP)

Where do Byron Jones and Xavier Woods Fit?

Byron Jones has been a popular whipping boy for Cowboys Nation. Some of that has been accurate, but he’s not as bad as social media would have you believe.

He’s been sticky in coverage, especially against tight ends, throughout his career, but in 2017 it seemed like he was shying away from tackling a bit too much. He still has that tremendous athleticism and coverage ability that warranted a first-round pick, but the question remains: What is his best position?

After playing where needed his rookie season, the Cowboys coaching staff moved him to safety for the last couple of years with mixed results.

As stated, he’s been pretty good in coverage and made some incredible plays on the ball, even if he’s lacking the interception numbers. The problem comes, in my opinion, when he’s asked to make tackles in space, which is an important aspect of being a safety.

Many have begun to wonder if Dallas would be best served moving Jones back to corner.

As a cornerback, Jones would be able to use his athleticism and coverage skills against the bigger wide receivers in the league, but not be asked to make as many tackles in the middle of the field against running backs and tight ends.

They can still bring him in against some of the better tight ends in the league. We already know the Cowboys will face Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins, and Evan Engram of the New York Giants for a total of six games in 2018.

Dallas will also face the likes of Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Alshon Jeffrey and Marvin Jones, who are bigger more athletic wide receivers who could require a man of Byron’s skill.

It will be interesting to see what they do with Byron this offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB/S Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The same question applies to Xavier Woods, but not because he struggled. He was actually quite good as the slot corner throughout much of his rookie season.

Woods primarily played safety in his time at Louisiana Tech, and showed an ability to be the deep middle safety. Because of injuries to the cornerback group, Woods lined up as the slot corner for a lot of his snaps.

He played well there for Dallas, leaving many to wonder if he hasn’t earned the role of third cornerback. That may be a good fit, but it’s not typical to see a guy who was primarily a safety in college become a corner in the NFL.

I’d rather see him as a full-time safety.

With Woods at safety, Dallas can stay in their base defense when teams go to three wide receiver formations, especially on early downs or in situations where a run is just as likely. He can drop down from the safety spot to play in the slot, if — and it’s a big if — you trust your single-high safety.

Woods’ ability to cover in the slot allows you to stay competitive against the run, which was a struggle for Dallas.

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We’ve seen how the yo-yo game between positions can affect a player’s technique and mentality. Chaz Green wasn’t the same player in 2017 when asked to prepare as both a guard and a tackle, as opposed to 2016 when he strictly played tackle.

In my opinion, it would be to the Dallas Cowboys interest to move Byron Jones back to cornerback full-time, and move Woods to safety.

When you decide to go to your nickel package, Chidobe Awuzie and Jones play the outside with Jourdan Lewis moving to the middle. Or you bring Jones in to cover the tight end, leave Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, and drop Woods into the slot and play cover 1.

What do you think?

Where do Byron Jones and Xavier Woods fit best on this team?


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