Time for the Dallas Cowboys to make a trade

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 29: Richard Sherman
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 29: Richard Sherman /

The Dallas Cowboys are 2-3, lost two games in a row, and have an inept defense. It’s time for the Cowboys to make a trade to bolster their defense.

The Dallas Cowboys weakest link has reared its ugly head and it’s causing a lot of trouble for the Cowboys moving forward. In the previous years, the Cowboys were able to disguise this hideous monster. But not this year, not at all.

The ugly head I’m referring to is the Cowboys’ defense; a defense that has given up big leads letting the Cowboys to lose in dramatic and heartbreaking fashion.

The Cowboys recent loss came at the hands of their nemesis, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. If the Cowboys had a legitimate defense that could protect a two touchdown lead, maybe they wouldn’t have lost.

With a defense that is struggling to stop the run and can’t consistently bring pressure, it’s time for the Cowboys to make some trades and make the defense better. Let’s explore…


The Cowboys’ defense has allowed three running backs to rush for over 125 yards. In comparison to last season, Dallas’ defense didn’t allow any running back to reach the century mark.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley ran like an All Pro, as he leaped over defenders, out ran linebackers, and ran through holes larger than the roof at At&T stadium.

Dallas’ run defense is a serious issue that’s going to haunt them like the Boogie Man and keep them out of the playoffs if things aren’t corrected.

Sheldon Richardson, RDT

Over the summer, I wrote a few articles about how Dallas should’ve traded for Sheldon Richardson and/or Richard Sherman, to put Dallas’ defense over the top.

After watching Gurley, Denver Broncos running back ,C. J. Anderson, and Packers rookie runner, Aaron Jones, run wild on Dallas’ defense, Richardson looks mighty good at the moment.

If Dallas had Richardson, those aforementioned running backs would not have resembled Hall of Fame running backs, meaning Dallas would have had a chance.  At 6’3 and close to 300 lbs, Richardson has the size. The massive defensive tackle commands a double team and consistently clogs up the middle.

As I stated in my previous article, Richardson will free up David Irving, Benson Mayowa, Demarcus Lawrence, and others to get to the quarterback.

Imagine Richardson and Irving manning the middle like junk yard dogs! No more running wild on Dallas’ defense. The play action pass would be a moot point.

This team could use Richardson’s 18 career sacks, 149 tackles, five forced fumbles, and one  interception in 63 career games.

Richard Sherman, CB

At the time, I thought Dallas should’ve traded for Sherman because former defensive back Nolan Carroll was arrested for a DUI. It made no sense to start the season with Carroll wasting a roster spot, knowing a suspension would be levied.

As it turns out, Dallas released Carroll anyway.

But if Dallas had Sherman’s services, the veteran could cover opposing teams best receivers and help with rookies Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Marquez White, and Xavier Woods.

Also, a combination of Sherman, the rookies, Orlando Scandrick and Byron Jones would yield good results (I left Jeff Heath out on purpose).

If Sherman had played against the Packers, I’m convinced he would’ve made some key plays down the stretch to secure Dallas a victory, since he’s faced and beaten Rodgers plenty of times.

Antonio Cromartie,  free agent CB

Another player I wrote about who could help Dallas is free agent corner Antonio Cromartie. Although Cromartie is 33 years old, the skilled and savvy veteran can still contribute and could mentor the rookies.

Further, Cromartie explained on “FS1: Skip and Shannon Undisputed” how he would’ve defended Packers wide receiver Davante Adams on that final play that beat Dallas. I’m paraphrase here:

Essentially, Cromartie explained how it wasn’t rocket science and he knew exactly how to defend that play. He also blamed defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli for the scheme.

Cromartie gave credit to Rodgers for making the perfect throw, which he said was hard to defend but had the rigt coverage been called it never would have been an issue.

Knowledge like that goes a long way when facing a talented quarterback like Rodgers.

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I’m sure Jerry Jones wish he had Cromartie or Sherman against the Packers, along with Richardson on the front line.

With Rodgers likely to miss the remainder of the  season with a shoulder injury, and the Atlanta Falcons looking like a fraud each and every game, the only team to appear as real threat to win the NFC are the hated Philadelphia Eagles (5-1).

If Dallas can make a trade to upgrade its defense, it can contend for a Super Bowl or at least get into the playoffs.

I’m not sure Dallas can get Sherman now because it looks like Seattle could be a contender later on in the season, but you get my point.

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So Dallas has a choice to make: either upgrade its defense immediately or keep losing games in dramatic and heartbreaking fashion with 11 seconds left in the game.