3 Trades the Dallas Cowboys should explore immediately

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The NFL Trade Deadline is next week and playoff contenders like the Dallas Cowboys are already in on the action. Just this week the Cowboys upgraded their interior defensive line by trading for behemoth DT, Johnathan Hankins.

With needs remaining at receiver, cornerback, and on the offensive line, the Dallas Cowboys may not be finished. Several notable players are on the trade block and with the NFC wide-flippin’-open this season, the Cowboys may feel the urge to seize this opportunity.

We look at three different players at three different positions that could help the Dallas Cowboys down the stretch.

Trades aren’t exactly common in the NFL but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen. And based on recent activity, the Dallas Cowboys aren’t afraid to the pull the trigger at the deadline if they find the right deal. From Amari Cooper to Hankins, they are willing to consider all caliber of players – which is what we’ll do today…

Sidney Jones, CB


The Dallas Cowboys suffered a hit to their CB ranks when they lost Jourdan Lewis for the season after suffering a foot injury last Sunday. While Lewis played inside in the nickel, the Cowboys actually have a bigger need outside on the boundary, and that’s where Sidney Jones enters the conversation.

Anthony Brown, the boundary starter opposite Trevon Diggs, is in the midst of his worst season as a pro. A better nickel CB than outside CB, Brown has been forced to play the boundary in recent years and could see a resurgence moving back inside to his natural position.

Sidney Jones could make such a move possible.

As things stand today, Brown moving is not an option. 2021 second round pick, Kelvin Joseph, has yet to establish himself on defense and 2022 training camp standout DaRon Bland appears to be nickel-only. If the Cowboys can upgrade the outside, they could move Brown inside and allow those young players to develop.

Is Jones an upgrade on the outside?

Maybe. Maybe not. He’s never been a consistent performer and has been a journeyman for a reason. But after takin over the starting job in Seattle last season, he ranked fifth in forced incompletion percentage (20.7), and fourth in receiving yards allowed per coverage snap (0.47) per PFF.

This season, Seattle is focused on developing their young guys and have made Jones a weekly inactive.  He’s only played 45 snaps this season and should be available via trade, for peanuts.

This kind of trade isn’t a clear upgrade but it’s cheap and at the very least it adds depth to a suddenly thin unit.