Dallas Cowboys miss out on another star player

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys decided the asking price for Earl Thomas was too high and called off the trade, but this team allowed another player to slip away, too.

The Dallas Cowboys had the opportunity to trade for All-Pro safety Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks. But once the Seahawks increased their asking price to astounding first round pick, the Cowboys politely said “thanks but no thanks”.

This was after the Cowboys offered the Seahawks a precious second rounder.

After watching the Cowboys defense play its first two games against the Carolina Panthers and the evil New York Giants, this defense is playing at a high level. In fact, the Cowboys defense is playing as if it doesn’t need the services of the All-Pro Thomas.

And after watching the Cowboys anemic offense perform over the last two weeks, this team had the prime opportunity to trade for a  productive player but didn’t make any moves to land this once promising superstar.

Yes, this player would’ve been an immediate upgrade to any offensive weapon not name Ezekiel Elliott.

So once again the Cowboys ignored the chance to land a freakish athlete. This time they missed out on former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

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To make matters worse, Gordon was traded to the cheating empire of the NFL ( known as the New England Patriots) for a measly fifth-round (conditional) pick. Wow! A fifth rounder.

That’s like buying a Ferrari for $10,000, regardless of its condition.

I know Cowboys Nation is on different sides of the fence when it comes to Gordon, but my question is very simple. How in the hell do you not trade for a player of Gordon’s talent?

Trading for Gordon is an excellent example of a “low risk and high reward” scenario.

The low risk: lose a fifth-round pick. The high reward: Gordon scores 16 touchdowns, over a 1,000 receiving yards, and helps Dallas make the Super Bowl. Sounds great to me.

So what if Dallas gave away a fifth rounder for a player who hasn’t played a full season since 2013 and is suspect to be suspended for failing a drug test?

All Dallas would lose is a lousy fifth-round pick. It’s not a premium pick, and how many fifth rounders make the team anyway?

If you’ve been watching Dallas’ offense to begin the season, its clear that the offense is lethargic, predictable, bland, and lacks potency and efficiency. Besides Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin, the rest of Dallas’ receiving corps is playing below average.

Granted, Michael Gallup is a rookie with a high ceiling, but he’s still a rookie that is learning the ropes. Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, and Terrance Williams have been reported as missing persons in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area.

If not for Dak Prescott throwing a 64-yard touchdown pass to Austin on the third play of the game against the Giants, Dallas would’ve had only two rushing touchdowns in two games to start the season.

Instead of winning 20-13, Dallas would’ve found itself in a dogfight against their nemesis. Can you imagine the outcry if America’s Team had lost that game and failed to 0-2?

When it comes to Austin, he’s a player with top-end speed, but the speedster hadn’t recorded a receiving touchdown in almost two seasons. So instead of Dallas taking a leap of faith and trading for Gordon, the front office re-signs…wait for it…future Hall of Famer Brice Butler (you do know I’m being sarcastic).

Butler is the type of player that will make fantastic catches and blow the top of the secondary in one game but then disappear like smoke off a grill in another.

Simply put, Butler’s a streaky player when it comes to overall production. Butler leaves you begging for more consistency than anything else.

Butler’s addition gives Dallas’ offense another deep threat to go along with Austin.  In addition, Butler has played in 36 games for Dallas in three seasons, recording 43 passes, 794 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.

Dallas could’ve had Gordon’s talent on the field, making his presence felt in man coverage if opposing defenses decided to stack the box. Gordon may not be the player from 2013 season when he recorded 1,646 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns, averaged 117.6 yards a game, and had a 95 yard reception to boot, but he’s way better than any receiver on Dallas’ roster.

Gordon put up those impressive numbers with Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer as the quarterback. I’m sure that’ll be a jeopardy question one day, but in the meantime, Gordon would’ve given Dak a big target and a legit receiving threat in the red zone.

Basically, Gordon would’ve provided speed, power, the ability to run every route on the route tree, he required a double team, a good blocker, high football IQ, the other receivers would benefit from man coverage, and opposing defenses would have to pick their poison.

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Defenses would focus on either stopping the run or stopping the pass. The beauty of having Gordon is that Beasley and Austin would flourish because of the attention given to Gordon.

So when Dak drops back to pass and he has no one to throw the ball to, just remember Dallas missed out on another awesome player who could’ve made a huge difference.


  • Published on 09/20/2018 at 12:00 PM
  • Last updated at 09/20/2018 at 05:11 AM