The Dallas Cowboys have made four trades in four days. None of those moves addressed their core needs al0ng the offensive and defensive lines until today. The Cowboys traded an undisclosed and conditional 2015 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive end Caesar Rayford. Despite being an 27-year old undrafted free agent, Rayford led the NFL in sacks this preseason with five. He also recorded 11 tackles in those four games.
The Cowboys needed to address their depth at defensive end due to the unknown status of Anthony Spencer. The first-time Pro Bowler in 2012 has yet to return to the practice field after having knee surgery in late July. Coaches hoped Spencer would be able to return for Week One’s regular season opener against the New York Giants. But this latest move by the Cowboys puts his instant return very much in doubt.
Rayford is a product of the Arena Football League. The former Washington Huskie recorded 22.5 sacks in his three year stint there. Before being called up by the Indianapolis Colts in May, Rayford had already racked up six sacks in eight games during the new AFL season. He had previously played in the Canadian Football League for three years, recording six sacks in 31 games.
Rayford is also a physical beast. He measures in at 6’7″, 225 lbs and can run the 40 in 4.56 seconds. A native of Spanaway, Washington, Rayford turned down scholarship offers from both Oregon and UCLA to play in his home state.