Rival Star Says He Wants to Be Traded and Cowboys Are Perfect Fit

If Commanders DE Jonathan Allen becomes available this offseason, the Cowboys must do what they can to add him to their already-elite defense.
Commanders DE Jonathan Allen is reportedly open to being traded in the offseason following the Commanders' latest loss.
Commanders DE Jonathan Allen is reportedly open to being traded in the offseason following the Commanders' latest loss. / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles get ready to duke it out for NFC East bragging rights on Sunday, the division's other two teams continue to struggle. Having said that, the New York Giants have at least shown some life with Tommy Devito under center, whereas the Washington Commanders head into Week 14 on a four-game losing streak.

With another sub-.500 season guaranteed following the latest loss, it isn't surprising that one of the Commanders' best players has had enough.

Cowboys Trade Rumors: Jonathan Allen

When asked if he'd be open to a trade following Washington's Week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins, defensive end Jonathan Allen told 106.7 The Fan that he'd "be lying" if he said that he wasn't "1000%" open to a trade.

Allen added that winning is always " at the front and center of my mind" and that he'll do whatever it takes to have the "opportunity to win."

It isn't difficult to understand Allen's frustration. The two-time Pro Bowl defender hasn't experienced much winning since being drafted 17th overall to Washington in 2017. The Commanders are 43-67-1 (39.2%) since Allen's arrival, finishing with eight or fewer wins in each of the seven seasons.

With that in mind, if Allen wants to experience winning, there's no better place to do so than the Lone Star State.

After all, the Cowboys have won nine or more games in all but two seasons since 2017. They're also perennial championship threats, meaning it's all but guaranteed that Allen would get to taste playoff football for the first time since 2020 if he finds himself in a Dallas jersey.

It's also hard not to salivate at the idea of Allen joining the Cowboys' stacked defense after racking up 39.0 sacks and 220 solo tackles across 98 career games. Adding him to a unit that already boasts the likes of Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Dorance Armstrong would easily put things over the top.

Allen is under contract in both 2024 ($21.5 million) and 2025 ($23 million), meaning the Cowboys wouldn't just be trading for a rental this offseason. Spotrac lists the team as being about $13 million over the cap this offseason, but that can easily change with some restructuring.

The Commanders are likely heading for a rebuild, meaning they'll likely only want draft picks in return to help get money off the books. The good news is that Dallas owns six Day 1/2 picks between the next two drafts, so chances are there's enough capital to entice Washington.

Allen is a game-changer and if the Cowboys want to become a dynasty once again, they must do what it takes to acquire the rival defender if he's available this spring.