Should the Dallas Cowboys become more active in the offseason or are they following a plan? Things could be more complex than they seem.
As we all have witnessed, NFL teams have been quite active when it comes to making trades this offseason. The Dallas Cowboys seem to be sticking to their script of developing talent through the draft.
While the response to this approach may be varied it seems a bit short-sighted to not trust the process. Let’s not forget this was a football team that broke offensive records in 2016, so we are just beginning to see what this football team can do.
I know, it is tough every offseason seeing teams make highly praised trades and moves that put their franchise in a better position to succeed. While the grass always looks greener, these trades rarely pan out.
Case in point, Jarvis Landry. He is a terrific wide receiver but he is playing for pretty much a brand new team. Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been traded to the Cleveland Browns along with Landry so offensively who knows how this move will pan out. Bottom line, the Browns got tired of drafting players and wanted some proven commodities that could help advance this football team that’s what they got.
The Dallas Cowboys could have moved on Landry however with several big name players they have to pay in the near future (Demarcus Lawrence, Zack Martin, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott) they chose to play it safe. Another issue with Landry is that he is a slot receiver, while Dallas is in need of an outside receiver to help balance out coverage.
The Cowboys have found multiple starters through the draft and a lot of these players have adequate to above average production. With 10 picks in the 2018 NFL draft, Dallas is in line to land several starters just out of need alone.
One of the more interesting players the Dallas Cowboys could go after is safety Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas’s wants to play for Dallas and now that the Legion of Boom is being disbanded it is likely more changes will follow. It would not surprise me at all to hear that the Cowboys and Seahawks are currently in talks to make a potential trade.
Thomas would fill an immediate need and upgrade the secondary tremendously. His salary is not that crazy either ($8.5 million) and by re-signing either Demarcus Lawrence or re-structuring Travis Frederick the Cowboys could easily be in line to add him to the roster.
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Personally, I do not see an issue with the Dallas Cowboys prodding teams for possible trade targets, but realistically what teams would you talk to? The NFC East is out of the question, the New England Patriots basically are recycling players in a similar manner, and other franchises seem to be doing the same.
Going after teams that rebuilding seem to make sense (Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos) but realistically that is about it. The NFC is so competitive at this point no franchise is going to give anyone up easily. The Browns making the most trade moves makes sense because they are the Browns.
Good teams, successful teams know how to find productive players through the draft and free agency, that is just the best way to go about it. Signing a guy like Marqise Lee, John Brown, or Allen Robinson may make more sense in the long run than trading or drafting a wide receiver. At this stage in the offseason, caution will serve this franchise better than reactionary thinking.