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DT Leonard Williams May be Available, Should the Cowboys Explore a Trade?

Per a report by Rich Cimini of ESPN, the may be exploring a trade for their star Leonard Williams. With Williams set to hit in 2020, the theory is the Jets may not be interested in locking up Williams long-term after just drafting Quinnen Williams with their top five selection in 2019.

Here's what Cimini had to say in his :

“There's already talk in league circles that Gase could be looking to move on from Williams, who will be a after the season. He's due to make a guaranteed $14.2 million in the final year of his contract. Gase hasn't said anything about Williams that would spark speculation, but it's not hard to connect the dots when examining the defensive line situation.”

Rich Cimini – .com

Williams has been a really good player for the New York Jets who has played 3-4 and some for the Jets in his four-year career. A former sixth overall pick has had as many as seven and as few as two sacks a season, but he's played in all 64 games in his career, starting 63. He's stayed healthy and been productive on a Jets that hasn't been very good over the last few years.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Def Def Def Def Def Fumb Fumb Fumb Tack Tack Tack Tack Tack
Year Tm GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits
2015 NYJ 15 3.0 63 29 34 7 21
2016* NYJ 16 2 0 0 7.0 68 36 32 11 19
2017 NYJ 16 1 6 0 6 1 2.0 47 22 25 3 25
2018 NYJ 16 0 0 0 0 2 5.0 42 27 15 11 20
Care 63 1 6 0 6 3 2 0 0 17.0 220 114 106 32 85
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/20/2019.

For the Cowboys defense, he would project as a 3-technique with the ability to be the Cowboys 1-technique in passing situations. Among interior defensive lineman, Leonard Williams finished 21st in run stops per Pro and sixth in total pressures with 53. Williams was third among interior players in QB hits with 16 ahead of Defensive Lineman and Defensive Jarran Reed. For reference, had 63 total pressures and 11 QB hits in 2018, while had only 37 total pressures.

The Dallas Cowboys have been working to reinforce their defensive line this after struggling in the playoff loss to the when the Cowboys gave up over 200 yards rushing. Though they like and Maliek Collins, they obviously weren't satisfied with the going into 2019 with just those two in the Dallas interior.

In free agency, the Cowboys added and and then drafted with their second-round pick. They also added , a player that was seen as a fourth or fifth rounder in most people's minds as an and will compete for a roster spot.

As intriguing as Covington, Hyder, Hill, and Wise are in addition to Maliek Collins and Woods, Williams would be an immediate upgrade at 3-tech and the Dallas Cowboys should explore it, even if they don't plan on resigning him beyond 2019.

The Cowboys could swap expiring contracts by sending Maliek Collins to New York and a draft pick. Collins is unlikely to be resigned by the team in the as they have plans for Hill as their 3-tech of the future.

The Dallas Cowboys showed with the trade for that they're alright going after the one-year rental player. Leonard Williams would make their defense better for 2019 and while they have high hopes for Trysten Hill, Williams is a known asset right now and wouldn't prevent you from giving Hill snaps at 3-tech.

For a team hoping to make a run, adding a player like Leonard Williams makes a lot of sense. He's another disruptive player that would immediately improve your and also helps your . The Dallas Cowboys have a team ready to win now, so now's the time to go get players that help you do so.

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Randy Martin

As good as he is we have enough contracts to iron out on our own and shouldn’t be looking to tie up that kind of salary in a one year rental. I think we are pretty excited to plug Trysten Hill into that 3T.

Hector Espindola

Sounds tempting, but I don´t think he must be a one year rental and thus, he woud be replacing Collins, Ross, Tyron (as a 3T) and the bad idea of adding McCoy (Dallas already has a lot of one year rentals at the D Line).

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