3 Ideal trade scenarios for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 20: Patrick Peterson (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 20: Patrick Peterson (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 20: Patrick Peterson (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Dallas Cowboys Trade Option No. 2

Patrick Peterson, CB

Less than a year ago Patrick Peterson trade questions were running at full-steam. Peterson was coming off a suspension, he was getting up in age, and he was asking for a big new deal. Arizona had reportedly fielded up to seven offers at one point.

But after the Arizona front office spoke out against a trade, those rumors were quickly put to bed. Peterson, 29, is entering the last year on his deal and has been looking for an extension for some time now.

The Cardinals GM, Steve Kelm, has been saying all the right things publicly but the contract remains unresolved. Dallas Cowboys fans know all too well, actions speak louder than words and perhaps Steve Kelm’s comments about wanting to keep Peterson beyond 2020 were nothing but that – words. And they really intend on riding him out and have no intention of extending the aging veteran.

Here’s where the Dallas Cowboys come in. Dallas is ready to win now and has a tremendous need to the CB position. After letting Byron Jones leave, they have a gaping hole at CB1. In what I referred to as their “Biggest Gamble of the Offseason”, the Cowboys are risking a lot going with depth at CB rather than top-end talent.

Every team in the NFL with postseason aspirations either has CB1 or aggressively worked to get one this offseason. The Cowboys are the only one who’s seemingly uninterested. The Dallas Cowboys have the cap space to extend Peterson to a new multiyear deal (especially if they get a long-term deal done with Dak Prescott). If they can structure it similar to Amari Cooper’s deal which pays him among the league’s best but offers an escape hatch two years in, a veteran like Peterson would make a ton of sense.

Even at nearly 30-years-old and coming off his worst season as a pro, Peterson isn’t going to come cheap. He played better and better as the season progressed and still looks like he’s one of the few lockdown cornerbacks in the league. It’s not unrealistic to think he’d require a second round pick to pry him from Arizona.

The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2020 season with Trevon Diggs, Jourdan Lewis, Daryl Worley, and Chidobe Awuzie (if the move to safety doesn’t work out) battling for CB1. Even if the ceiling is high for Diggs, that’s not a very inspiring group here in 2020. The CB unit would look a heck of a lot better with Patrick Peterson perched at the top and the aforementioned four fighting it out for CB2, don’t you think?