With the trade deadline this Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys have made it clear they are open to all possibilities when it comes to getting a deal done. But they have two conditions that may ultimately result in them doing nothing. One, they would like a player who would not only fill a current need, but has a future with this team. And two, their salary must be workable within the Cowboys current lack of salary cap space.
According to overthecap.com, the franchise has just over $2 million in cap space this year. That’s not a lot of wiggle room considering the Cowboys have needs along their defensive line, safety and running back positions. In the next few pages, I have found players who could fit the Cowboys two criteria, but I’ve also included my wish list picks. Players I feel would benefit the Cowboys going forward, regardless of need. Here are my 10 players I think the Cowboys could and/or should trade for…but first we have to address the elephant in the room:
Bonus: Adrian Peterson, Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
Current Contract (via Rotoworld): 2013: $11.25 million, 2014: $11.75 million, 2015: $12.75 million, 2016: $14.75 million, 2017: $15.75 million 2018: Free Agent
2013 Numbers: 571 rushing yards, 7 total tds
Career Numbers: 9,420 rushing yards, 87 total tds
Analysis: Sunday’s loss to the Lions illustrates how badly the Cowboys need a quality starting running back. Peterson would be the ultimate splash for Dallas. But are they willing to sacrifice their future for him? Let’s face it, the Cowboys stars aren’t getting any younger. DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, and Tony Romo are on the down slope of their careers. Does Jerry Jones need to do something drastic to get them a ring before they ride off into the sunset? And would this be the move? I remember another franchise willing to sacrifice their future for an all-star running back…The Minnesota Vikings for Herschel Walker back in ’89! Holy Reverse Great Train Robbery, Batman! How did that work out? Still Dallas has got to do something to shake up this offense. I’m not sure Peterson is the answer as the price tag would cost us dearly.