May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) on the field during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys to Trade TE to New England?


The Cowboys roster currently has six tight ends as we head to late June.  The players are Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna, Dante Rosario, Colin Cochart, and Andre Smith. The team will most likely carry three on the active roster once the season starts and possibly four if the team elects not to carry a fullback.  With reductions coming to this position group over the next few months, the Cowboys could be possibly open to a trade.

 

May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) on the field during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots come to mind when thinking about logical trade partners for the team.  Due to the Patriots clever maneuvering come draft time, the team always has a surplus of picks in future drafts.  Rob Gronkowski has undergone numerous surgeries this offseason, with his most recent being back procedure a little over a week ago. His timetable for a return to the field is undetermined, and once he returns his level of play will be unknown.  With yesterday’s news of Aaron Hernandez being arrested and charged with murder, and then subsequently being released, the Patriots now have many questions marks at a position group that was among the strongest in the league.

Jason Witten (31), Gavin Escobar (21), and James Hanna (23) are all players that possess good pass catching ability similar to what Gronkowski and Hernandez provide. The Patriots offense is a spread offense where the tight ends are a focal point for the quarterback.  The Patriots will need to make a move if they want their offense to be running at an optimal level come this fall.  With Tom Brady being 36 by the time the season starts, the Patriots will not want to waste one of the last years of Brady playing the quarterback position.

The Cowboys in recent years have finally started operating to build the team threw the draft and also getting undrafted guys as well.  The lone big free agent acquisition was Brandon Carr in 2012.  Moving one of the tight ends could give the team more resources as it tries to build the roster and keep it salary cap in control as the cap ceiling has not risen since the new CBA was signed in 2011.

Hanna was barely used last season, and unless the offensive game plan really changes, he won’t play much this year either.  The same can be said of Escobar, and fans and critics are still wondering why the team took “another” tight end in the second round when there are so many holes in other places that should have been addressed.  Lastly, although Witten has played at a high level for a long time, the time may have arrived for the team to consider cashing him out. The return for Witten might be the best, and Witten may not be able to keep his high level of play up for too many more seasons. This will be an interesting situation to follow in the coming weeks if the Cowboys and Patriots decide to truly have these discussions.

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  • Ronald W. Jones

    One Landry Hat writer says we drafted a TE in the 2nd round because we’re going to a double TE set on offense because “a TE is too quick for a LB to cover and too big for a CB to cover”. Now another Landry Hat writer wants to trade a TE to New England. Do you guys communicate? LOL!

  • JoeDaBeast

    The ONLY way I’d like to see the Cowboys help the NFL “poster boys of how a franchise is ran” is for another “Hershel Walker” type deal, which would only equate to letting Jason Whitten be dealt. Why should we even discuss this? The “New England Savior” (aka Tim Tebow) is going to play TE for the Pats.

  • ctcowboy1968

    I don’t see a trade happening. Witten is a team captain and franchise face. He is loved by Cowboy fans and the media. He is a positive role model and stand up guy. No way JJ lets him ever wear another uniform.
    That stated, there is no reason to trade Escobar so soon or Hanna. No one even knows what they are capable of yet. And NE never gives away more than the minimum in a trade. Besides, we need players now, not future draft picks.

  • Ken Menees

    Glad to see The Writers dont buy into one option only, and have their own Opinions, also hope a trade Doesnt happen unless its of a Herschel Walker Caliber trade! Listen to all offers but undertand you hold the Ace of Spades!