The NFL trade deadline on Tuesday came and went without any Dallas Cowboys making a peep. It was expectedly neither buyers or sellers. It wasn’t because there was not enough interest.
It was because of a lack in necessity.
“We had the opportunity (to trade), but honestly, if you look at (the returning players), we would be making progress in most cases to bring back another player,” Jerry Jones, Cowboys general manager and owner of 105.3 The Fan, viaThe Athletic.
The imminent return of wide receiver Michael Gallup, and defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence, and Neville Gallimore, among others, negated Dallas’ need for tinkering with its 53-man roster. Jones warned repeatedly in the days leading up to the deadline.
“We have a unique situation. We have players coming. Jones stated October 22nd on 105.3 The Fan that we have a bigger problem than just trading for someone.
Trade targets rumored
Jones is not just talking about the 2021 Cowboys. This team boasts veteran star power and rising potential. They also blend youth and experience. The roster has earned a 6-1 record, and it appears to be poised for a deep playoff run.
Rumors continued to circulate about potential trade links between the blue and silver. There were two potential trade targets outside of the Steelers: Joe Haden, and now-Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Melvin Ingram. According to reports, the team was also interested in pass-rusher Von Miller who the Denver Broncos traded for the Los Angeles Rams.
Gallup was the only in-house trade chip that was publicly known. He was an unrestricted, free agent in 2022 and offensive lineman Connor McGovern. McGovern was a highly sought-after backup to Zack Martin, who is likely to be his future successor.
Jones stated Friday on 105.3 The fan, that “we’ve got players who can compete and should be competing right now, but are really in line for helping us for the future,” per The Athletic. “Which, by and large, is my view of the future, not the years ahead. But, it’s there.
After missing last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, Cowboys quarterback Dak Preston will play Sunday’s game against Denver Broncos. Prescott, still feeling “pretty well” after his recovery from a right-calf strain, was able to practice in full on Thursday and Friday, but was not included on the final injury report for Week 9.
Dak is not yet 100% fit and may not be for the rest of the year. However, club decision-makers are 100% confident that Dak can reclaim the QB1 title.
“You never know what the future holds, but we are happy that our injury is over,” Stephen Jones, Cowboys vice-president, stated Friday on 105.3 The fan, via The Athletic. You never know what it will do to you until it does, but we are 100% happier about it than we were last week.