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Do the Dallas Cowboys Have Any Trade Assets?

Jess Haynie

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Dez Bryant

After yesterday's big trade that sent Michael Bennett from Seattle to Philadelphia, Dallas fans were up in arms about the lack of movement so far from the Cowboys front office. After a disappointing 9-7 season and narrowly missing the playoffs, it's no surprise that Cowboys Nation is anxious to see the team have an aggressive offseason.

Names like Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick have been floated as potential trades Dallas could make for draft picks, but are these realistic? Do the Cowboys really have any assets that other teams might want?

Remember, along with the player comes his contract. We mostly agree that Dez isn't worth his $16.5-million cap hit with the Cowboys. But is Bryant worth a $12.5-million base salary to someone else? Even that is debatable after three down seasons. What's more, NFL teams generally aren't trying to trade players they wouldn't just end up releasing. Other teams know this and will usually wait it out.

Again, let's look at Dez.

If teams believe that Dallas will eventually release him, they can then negotiate a new deal with Bryant that better fits his market value. So, not only do they get a better financial arrangement, but they didn't have to trade anything to the Cowboys to get him.

This is why the NFL isn't like the NBA with trades. It's rarer because the circumstances of NFL contracts are more limiting.

You have to have a team in fire sale mode -- like the Seahawks right now -- or something like what we just saw with Jimmy Garoppolo going to the 49ers. The player needs to be good enough, and often young enough, that the new team just can't risk letting them go somewhere else.

Orlando Scandrick

Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick

That's the problem with guys like Bryant and Scandrick. At this point, neither one is seen as a top guy at their position. Dez turns 30 in November and Orlando just turned 31 last month. Both guys are on the downsides of their career.

With only a $3-million base salary in 2018, Scandrick is probably more tradable than Dez despite being older. He could be a solid veteran slot corner for a competitive team. But again, other teams see what's going on in Dallas.

They see Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown on the roster. They hear about Byron Jones maybe moving back to corner. Someone who likes Scandrick expects him to be cut and is probably willing to try their luck in free agency.

Even if a team did want to secure Orlando now, the offer wouldn't get you excited. If Michael Bennett only got a 5th-round pick and a marginal young receiver from Philly, Scandrick isn't getting you anything better.

Is an extra 6th-round pick going to make you feel better about the Cowboys' Super Bowl hopes?

The truth is that the Dallas Cowboys just don't have much to work with right now. Like most teams, they're trying to build around their young talent and aren't putting them on the market. The guys they might trade away are being discarded for a reason, and it's the same reason other teams aren't in a rush to acquire them.

David Irving

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving

1 Guy Who Might be Tradable is David Irving

Some would argue, and I'm one, that Irving is too good to give up. Keeping him with DeMarcus Lawrence gives Dallas two of the more dynamic pass rushers in the NFL right now. The Cowboys need both to get back to championship contention. However, the reality is that Irving will likely command a sizable new contract after 2018. Paying him $3-4 million this year from a Restricted Free Agent tender is a bargain, but it's only a one-year move. The bill for David's services will quickly come due.

If the Cowboys can't see paying Irving next year, now would be a good time to go ahead and move him. He turns just 25 in August and can play several spots, making him attractive to just about any other team.

But again, trading Irving takes away a guy who can help you win this season. Whatever you get back, even a 2nd-round pick, probably doesn't help you as much now as he can.

Is one year of David Irving worth more than four years of an unknown rookie? Irving has flashed superstar potential and the guy you draft might not even make it in the league.

So yes, Irving is probably the most attractive guy on the roster right now that could most easily be moved. But the Cowboys will have to think long and hard about it, because upside like his doesn't come along every day.

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Dallas Cowboys DB Byron Jones (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps the Most Probable Trade Asset is Byron Jones

A former first-round pick still in his physical prime, Jones hasn't been the elite safety Dallas hoped for but is still a solid player. Another team might think they could utilize him better, either in how he's used at safety or by moving him to cornerback. Of course, the Cowboys may not want to lose Jones if they're already planning to cut Orlando Scandrick.

They may also like him better for next year's CB depth chart than Anthony Brown. You don't want to create a depth problem because you got trade happy.

But with his rookie deal expiring in 2018, and no sign the Cowboys will pick up his fifth-year option, Jones could be out the door next year with no compensation. That's a poor return on a first-round pick, so Dallas might want to try to find a trade partner just to get something back on their investment.

The Cowboys are in the tough spot of needing to make some big roster changes while also trying to stay competitive. They don't want to miss out on the window of time they have with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott still on their rookie deals. They need to make an aggressive push now, because soon they're going to have to tie up a lot more resources in their young stars.

Will that push involve trading some their current talent? Even if they want to move guys, are trade partners out there?

We'll find out pretty soon.



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18 Comments
  • Alex

    How about giving Irving the 2nd round tender hoping someone will try to sign him and Dallas receiving that 2nd round pick this year and trading it to Seattle for earl Thomas. How does that sound. I’m a fan of Irving but he might be too much of a head case and also he’s too inconsistent to throw tons of money when it’s due. Get something for him now while he has value

    • Travis LaFaitte

      straight up byron jones for earl thomas… Go cowboys

      • Will

        Why would Seattle do that? This isn’t Madden…

        • Travis LaFaitte

          E.T. would solve the safety issue for Dallas. Byron would be a solid replacement for Sherman in their system. Byron is young and has at least 5 years of playing left. E.T. Probably has 2-3 good years left. I don’t think it will happen but it could benefit both.

          • Will

            “Solid replacement?” A guy who’s basically a failed FS coming off a down year with one year of control before you have to pay him for a Pro Bowl FS? Come on, man. This is why Cowboys fans get trashed as unrealistic

      • EverybodyTalks

        No…

    • Will

      Hawks aren’t dumping Thomas. Let’s just shut that fantasy down now

      • EverybodyTalks

        Earl just playing his hand well. Drive interest with the “Come get me!”. He saw Seattle Defense sliding. Time to get his name out just enough to make Seattle sweat and resign.
        Well done.

        • Will

          Totally agree. He was never going to Dallas. As a Cowboys fan, I’m really tired of my fellow Cowboys fans making us all look dumb by continuing to over value our guys and suggest these Madden fan-boy trades

  • Travis Diggs

    “This is why the NFL isn’t like the NBA with trades. It’s rarer because the circumstances of NFL contracts are more limiting.” There were almost the same amount of trades in the NFL compared to the NBA. I love that quote tho, its the only thing that sounds good when explaining why the cowboys don’t make trades. Everybody else makes it works but us. The Eagles have NEGATIVE 10 million dollars in cap and they still find ways to make impact trades, Can someone please explain this to me??

    • DevilDog58

      That’s what I would like to know too!!!

    • EverybodyTalks

      I’m sure the Smeagles have to get under the cap and will do that by the 14th, but then you see articles where everyone is saying that there is no way, because of the cap, that the Cowboys can sign Hitchens, which would bolster our LB corp…smh.

  • Russ_Te

    If Irving keeps building his game, he could be worth FA-level or Franchise-tag $ for Dallas next year. No way I trade that away now when I have a formidable left side of the DL finally. If Linehan wakes up, the Cowboys retool WR well and this offense rolls again in 2018, then DL could be what makes the difference in the playoffs.

    Not every team has a talent like Beasley in the slot, and I would definitely shop him and test his value. Lots of churn is probably ahead for the WR unit. Get me a speed WR to rebuild it around.

    • DevilDog58

      Plus I think Switzer is a faster version of Beasley and I can’t wait to see them both on the field this year. IF Linehan can figure it out that is.

  • EverybodyTalks

    Byron Jones needs to do what he did in college – CB. Irving needs to put in a full year. I like the 2nd round tender. If they know about Dez and Orlando, then they know the issues and the situation with Irving. I think the 2nd round tender allows the Cowboys to play long ball. If some team does hit on the tender, then the Cowboys can match for grab the 2nd round pick. the 3rd option is no one bites and we getIrving for 1.5 or 1.9 million. The Cowboys are in the driver’s seat on this one. Now, Dez and Scandrick,they have their own stories to unfold. As always, Dallas and Drama walk hand-in-hand.

  • John McClain

    Irving is better than DLo. The Cowboys Need to just sign him long-term

  • Tony Farthing

    Byron have been misused. He’s a keeper! Let him QB the DBs!

    Can’t overlook the massive $$$ our OL is costing us too.

    I say, churn that OL. Great trade value there! We might have better brand as an OL farm if nothing else. Capitalize!

    Keep drafting top OL talent. And keep that rotation going to avoid stunting progress of younger OL draftees.

    Smith is wearing down and will be considered grossly overpaid of he end up on trainer’s table in 2018.

    Why not plan for his/other OL replacements?

    won’t be able to keep them together beyond EzE & Dak’s rookie contracts.

    • Justin T Johnston

      I like your thinking. TS is going to create us big problems. He’s over paid based on injury. I hope we don’t hold on longer than we should because of Jerry and create a problem for years after he retires early die to injury

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Zack Martin, Xavier Woods Suffer Preseason Injuries, Cowboys Down 2 Starters

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys' Eyeing Training Camp To Extend Zack Martin's Contract

Last Saturday night didn't end well for the Dallas Cowboys, who saw multiple players go down throughout the game, most notably Zack Martin and Xavier Woods. Preseason injuries are always the more painful ones, and when we're talking about someone like Martin, it just makes it worse.

Martin suffered a knee injury and was ruled out after going down. ESPN's Todd Archer tweeted out that a source had claimed the injury was a hyper-extended left knee. This surely would be great news considering the fear right now is a season-ending injury.

Todd Archer on Twitter

A source said the initial diagnosis of Zack Martin is a hyperextended left knee, but he will undergo an MRI on Sunday. The Cowboys do not practice again until Monday and play Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals. Depending on the severity of the... https://t.co/1MPbJfQph8

Zack is set to have an MRI on Sunday and the team is hopeful the injury isn't that serious. We probably won't see the All-Pro left guard return in the preseason but could see him back on the field as soon as September 9th when the Cowboys kick their season off at Carolina.

Besides Zack Martin being the best offensive guard in the NFL, the Cowboys' offensive line depth is definitely not good. If his injury proves to be worse than what the front office believes, this offense will have to play without arguably their best player.

As we nervously await more news on Martin's knee, there are more injured players to talk about.

Xavier Woods injured his hamstring as he made an effort to intercept the ball and was also ruled out for the game. We still don't know about the severity, but we do know it's the same hamstring that he dealt with last year.

Although Woods isn't anywhere near Zack Martin as a football player, his injury comes at the team's weakest position in depth. Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier and Xavier Woods are the Cowboys' only legitimate safeties that will earn a roster spot.

If the hamstring injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, we could see the Cowboys getting outside help for the defensive backfield. Whether that means trading for Earl Thomas, some other safety or looking at the free agents available, I don't see the team going into the season with two safeties on the roster.

For now, we need to wait for more results regarding both of these players who will be detrimental to this team's success in 2018. The Cowboys suffered more injuries than these ones, though.

Saad Yousuf on Twitter

And the injuries continue... Jameill Showers is down on the Cowboys sideline with what looks like a knee injury. Still down. Duke Thomas Datone Jones Bo Scarbrough Xavier Woods and the big one, Zack Martin That's the injury list for the Cowboys tonight.

Datone Jones has been impressive during his stay in Dallas and is a quality DT and was ruled out for the game after getting tangled up with the Bengal's offensive line. Seventh-round draft pick Bo Scarbrough suffered a hip injury and is apparently not severe either.

Compared to Woods' and Martin's injuries, these ones won't keep Cowboys' fans up at night. However, hopefully they all turn out to be okay and ready to play as soon as possible. The team's starters make this team a legit threat in the NFC, but when it comes to depth, they're not in a good position.

Tell me what you think about "Zack Martin, Xavier Woods Suffer Preseason Injuries, Cowboys Down 2 Starters" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Sean’s Scout: Starting Front 7 Sets Tone Early, Cowboys Depth Falters in Loss to Bengals

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Sean's Scout: Starting Front 7 Sets Tone Early, Cowboys Depth Falters in Loss to Bengals
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The Dallas Cowboys are halfway through their 2018 preseason. Given the injuries they're left to deal with to Zack Martin, Xavier Woods, and Jameill Showers, the Cowboys were happy to see their first home game of the season come to an end when it did. Despite the 21-13 loss, the Cowboys starters made another strong impression before exiting for backups that once again failed to hold the lead.

This is a game I'm looking forward to getting another look at on film, but for now here are a few thoughts the first time through.

  • Rookie Connor Williams is still a work in progress at guard, as he'll get himself in trouble trying to catch rushers too often. 

This "catch blocking" is not uncommon for young offensive linemen, particularly ones learning a new position in preparation to start on the league's best front. On the Cowboys second drive of the game, Williams was caught back in his stance dealing with a twist from the Bengals with Left Tackle Tyron Smith.

The result of the play was an incomplete pass on third down from Dak Prescott. With Williams' footwork being as consistent as it has, I wouldn't worry too much about his upper body technique and strength improving greatly before week one of the regular season. Perhaps most importantly, Williams has looked smooth playing in space, something the Cowboys are prepared to ask the second round pick to do plenty of.

  • With Randy Gregory back in the lineup, the Cowboys potential to have a great rotation of defensive ends was on full display. 

The play that stands out is a tackle for loss by Safety Jeff Heath. On the play, Defensive End Tyrone Crawford did a great job setting the edge against the run, allowing Heath to come down and make the aggressive play.

Crawford created penetration against a tight end, staying disciplined in his rush lane from the right defensive end position to force the run outside.

On the Bengals' offensive series prior to this play by Heath, the Cowboys forced a punt following a missed Andy Dalton throw to A.J. Green. Despite not being tight in coverage on third down, Randy Gregory looked sharp coming off the edge to rush Dalton slightly.

With Taco Charlton also looking strong against the run, and rookie Dorance Armstrong continuing to develop as a weak side pass rusher, the possible match ups the Cowboys can create up front are seemingly endless.

Almost all of them will include last year's sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence, who was also disruptive on nearly every snap in this game.

  • Give credit to Joe Looney for handling the reps he did at center, but the backup interior lineman left a lot to be desired from this position. 

It should come as no surprise that Looney is a better guard than center, or that the Cowboys would look significantly worse at center without Travis Frederick in the lineup.

Overall, this was a disappointing game for the Cowboys thin offensive line depth. Paul Alexander's unit was unable to give quarterbacks Cooper Rush and Mike White a fair chance to settle into the game.

Looney's contact balance was suspect throughout the evening. Not the most powerful player, it's important for Looney to play with leverage and balance, which he did inconsistently last night.

Awaiting news on Zack Martin's first quarter injury still, the Cowboys should have already been concerned about their backups at tackle, with the guard position becoming a late concern now.

  • This is becoming the standard for Jaylon Smith, but I did not see one Bengals blocker effectively slow him down.

The power that Smith is playing with is an outstanding sign for continued success. Not only is Smith physically up for the challenge of starting at MIKE for the Cowboys, but he's physically dominating opponents with strength, speed, and range.

Whether he was running laterally and avoiding blocks with great awareness, or attacking the pocket, Smith's path to the ball was rarely impeded against the Bengals.

No matter who the Cowboys lined up in their front seven, the group did a great job setting a strong tone. Antwaun Woods was once again impressive at the one technique position inside, and Brian Price made a flash play from this position late in the game as well.

Thanks to Smith's gap shooting ability, and the Cowboys willingness so far this preseason to be creative with the Notre Dame product, the team's defensive tackles don't have to be asked to do too much. Holding their spots while drawing blockers will be more than enough to free Smith and the rest of the Cowboys linebackers to make plays.

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Dallas Cowboys CBs Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

  • Chidobe Awuzie's interception in the second quarter is a reminder of just how high the second-year cornerback's potential is. 

Sure, Awuzie's length put him at an advantage to take a leap into year two once Kris Richard arrived as the Cowboys passing game coordinator.

Being productive on the ball, as Awuzie was here, is a testament to just how athletic he is as a boundary cornerback though. A beat late recognizing the ball coming his way, Awuzie remained in perfect position to get a hand on this pass.

Doing so with an explosive leap off the ground and full extension, Awuzie snagged the ball with one hand before bringing it into his body to secure another turnover for the Cowboys first team defense.

The Cowboys cornerback depth proved suspect beyond Awuzie and Byron Jones in this game, but being as good as they already are on the boundary is a huge step in the right direction for Rod Marinelli's defense.

I also thought that UDFA Tyree Robinson did a great job answering the bell at safety, showing up a number of times in run support with the Cowboys in desperate need of depth at his position.

It's in the slot, where Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis continue to feel the pressure of competition, that the Cowboys are struggling to find the right starter - even trying Lewis on the outside well into the fourth quarter of this game.

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The Cowboys will remain in their home state to conclude their training camp and preseason. Needing to see more out of their second and third team, practices will resume at The Star on Monday before another preseason game at AT&T Stadium.

This time, it will be the Arizona Cardinals coming in for a Sunday Night Football tune up. The Cowboys starters could very well see even more playing time than they have through the first two weeks, giving them a better chance of sustaining success and coming away with a preseason win.

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CIN 21, DAL 14: Dak Prescott Continues Strong Preseason in Loss

Jess Haynie

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Dak Prescott, Bengals

The games may not count yet, but Dak Prescott looks ready for the 2018 season. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback continued his strong preseason play in the team's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott played three series, going 10/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown. He got the offense out of trouble a few times with his feet, avoiding sacks and ultimately getting the scoring pass off on a redzone scramble.

Dak's strong play has coincided with shutdown performances from the starting defense. The Cowboys' first-team defenders have yet to allow a score in two preseason games. Tonight, the Bengals were forced into four punts and two turnovers on their first-half possessions.

Overall, the Cowboys are a combined 24-7 in the first halves of their first two preseason contests.

The second half has been the problem, and for two weeks now Dallas' reserves have squandered halftime leads and given up losses. Thankfully, most of the responsible players will not be on the final 53-man roster.

Other Notes

  • There were several concerning injuries for the Cowboys tonight. None was scarier than when All-Pro guard Zack Martin went out with a knee injury, but it does not appear to have been serious. Starting defensive backs Byron Jones and Xavier Woods also got banged up; Byron returned to the game but Woods did not. Defensive lineman Datone Jones also left with a knee injury.
  • Even more concerning was the play of the second-team offensive line. Chaz Green was typically awful, but we also saw swing tackle Cam Fleming struggling and just an overall lack of protection for the backups quarterbacks. Green got benched in the second half and may have finally played his way off the team.
  • Credit to Terrance Williams for getting open in the endzone to give Dak Prescott a receiver for the touchdown throw. Even with his warts, Williams' two years of experience playing with Dak can't be ignored in deciding who makes the team.
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin continues to run with the starters on offense and may have quietly taken the job away from Geoff Swaim.
  • Darius Jackson took advantage of some extra playing time tonight after Bo Scarbrough left with a hip injury. He broke off a few nice runs to amass 42 yards on just six carries, plus had four receptions.
  • We finally get to see Dan Bailey kick a field goal again, and it was an easy 35-yarder with no issues.
  • Shout out to Chidobe Awuzie for one of the pretty interceptions that a Cowboys DB has made in some time. Awuzie had to bend like Beckham (Odell, that is) to get a hand on the ball, then tipped it to himself for the pick.
  • Preseason fun continues for the Cowboys next Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.



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