The Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline is less than one week away, giving teams a limited amount of time to gather reinforcements for a potential playoff run. While the Dallas Cowboys aren't expected to be too active on the trade market, never count out a team run by Jerry Jones, who's dying to end the franchise's 27-year Super Bowl drought.
Making deadline trades means that the Cowboys might have to ship some pieces away, though. After all, spots on the 53-man roster are limited and management will have to make sacrifices if it means giving Mike McCarthy the best roster possible.
Here's a look at the three Dallas players who are most likely to be dealt before Tuesday's trade deadline.
3 Cowboys Most Likely Moved by Trade Deadline
1. Cooper Rush
Having a reliable backup quarterback who can step in and win games is tough, which is why the Cowboys have been fortunate to have Cooper Rush over the last few years.
The former undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan has been with Dallas since the 2017 campaign. He's made 6 starts over the last three seasons, leading the team to a 5-1 record while throwing just over 1,500 passing yards with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
But Rush's future with the Cowboys became murky when the team acquired fellow QB Trey Lance from the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth-round pick back in August. At 23 years old, Lance has more room to grow and could be considered Dak Prescott's heir apparent if Dallas eventually moves on from the veteran gunslinger.
With Lance also carrying a $5.3 million cap hit in 2024, it doesn't make sense for the Cowboys to spend over $68 million next season on him, Prescott and Rush. Taking that into consideration, the writing appears to be on the wall for No. 10 in Dallas.
If the Cowboys choose to move Rush, they shouldn't have a problem finding a suitor. Again, he's proven that he can step up when needed and would be good insurance for any team that isn't 100% confident in its backup QBs.