The NFL’s trade deadline looms in more than a week, and the Dallas Cowboys have already been active with sending veteran defensive linemen Everson Griffin to the Detroit Lions for a conditional sixth-round pick.
Many assume nore may be on the horizon for the Nov. 3 deadline for a Dallas team who looks to be headed towards a top-7 draft pick in the 2021 draft.
But should the Cowboys be content with calling this season a wash, or should they attempt a few splash moves to put them back in contention this year? Let’s analyze some of the possible trade targets who will possibly be dealt before the deadline.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB
The Cowboys have been linked to the Miami Dolphins quarterback since Fitzpatrick was benched for Tua and Andy Dalton was knocked out of the Washington game with a concussion.
We know the big-play ability “Fitz Magic” can bring to a team but are you willing to give up draft capital for a shot at a first-round playoff exit?
Through six games Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,500 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. A trade such as this one would be appropiate if he was saving a season that had deep playoff aspirations, but expecting him to turnaround a 2-5 team, even in a below average division, is a lot to ask knowing he isn’t anything but a one-year rental.
Besides, can you even trust this offensive line to hold any quarterback up for enough time to be competent?
Quinnen Williams, DL
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the “Jets are shopping” defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
That report, however, was immediately contradicted by multiple other Jets beat reporters, who said that the Jets are not shopping Williams.
The difference might just be a matter of whether the Jets are actively shopping Williams or whether they’re merely making it known that they’re open to taking calls for Williams. The Jets are at the starting point in what is sure to be a major rebuild, so it makes sense that they’d be open to taking calls for just about anyone.
Williams is in his second year since being drafted third overall. Given the Cowboys need interior line help, it makes sense for the team to take a flyer on a guy with high upside – if the price is right.
DeMarcus Lawrence, DE
The Cowboys signed DeMarcus Lawrence back in 2019 to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with $48 million guaranteed. He is currently the fourth highest paid edge rusher in the league and believe it or not he’s still the most talented player on the Cowboys defense.
In 23 games he’s managed just seven sacks, but, as such should he would be hard to let go, but it might be what’s best for the organization long-term.
Trading D-Law more than likely isn’t going to have much of an impact on the Cowboys defense one way or another, at least not right away. The long-term impact could be much different though. With the saved money and added draft capital they’d receive via trade, they could reinvest it into the defense instead of into just one talented player.
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