Sometimes, life’s stars align perfectly and your most pressing needs are met magically.
This is also true in the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys suddenly have a chance at making their team much better by adding a player who fills a massive need.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars may be open to trading C.J. Henderson, their second-year cornerback. Henderson, who they took at No. 9th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft
Prescott was still putting up historical yardage, but they were only 2-3 overall when he broke his ankle. They could have been 0-5 without a wild onside kick against Atlanta or a last-minute drive by Andy Dalton after Dak fell.
A surprise: Multiple team execs believe #Jaguars corner C.J. Henderson — the ninth overall pick in 2020 — is available via trade. Jacksonville has given impression in some league circles that it's shopping Henderson, a high-pedigree player one year into rookie deal.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 8, 2021
The problem was that no matter how many goals they score, the opposing team could score even more. The biggest problem was in the secondary, where both rookie Trevon Diggs and veterans Chidobe, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, were struggling tremendously.
Dallas is hoping to do better this season with Kelvin Joseph added in the draft, and safety measures being added by the signings of Malik Hooker (and Damontae Kazee). Even with these moves, it’s clear that Henderson is the best player currently covering receivers.
Even more important, Henderson is playing on a rookie deal — meaning the Cowboys would only be on the hook for roughly $7.5 million over the next three seasons while also having the ability to pick up a fifth-year option.
In this situation, the only question you need to ask is what the Jaguars want. According to reports, Henderson is liked by the Jaguars and this seems to be a case where a new coaching staff is willing to trade for a player they haven’t drafted. They will likely wait for a first round pick, much as the Miami Dolphins did in 2019 with safety Minkah fitzpatrick.
Both sides were happy with the deal and Steelers are thrilled with the acquisition. They have already gained 79 tackles as well as nine picks in their 30 games since the first-round pick.
This is an opportunity that the Cowboys cannot afford to miss. This team has one of most explosive offenses currently. However, as we saw in Week 1 and Week 5 of 2020, even though Dak Prescott was still healthy, it wasn’t enough.