This idea has been mentioned somewhere before. I’m just not that original, however I can definitely see the merits of an idea that seems suicidal to many fans of the Dallas Cowboys while also making a ton of sense to the remaining chunk of the fan base.
It’s simple—trade wide receiver Dez Bryant.
If there’s a strong deal in place for this volatile pass-catcher who’s heading into his fifth year in the NFL, owner and general manager Jerry Jones would go a long ways towards changing his inept reputation by jumping all over it.
There’s some realities concerning America’s Team that are going to require wholesale changes and unexpected moves if the franchise is to remove itself from what’s turning into more of an era of mediocrity than it is just a couple of bad seasons.
Don’t get me wrong—I like Bryant as a player as much as anybody and I loved it when Dallas made him a first-round selection in 2010. The issue here has more to do with the position Bryant plays then it does Bryant as a person or single player.
We have to keep in mind the current shape of the Dallas roster.
In short, the Cowboys are gutted where the salary cap is concerned and they have also been awful at drafting for close to 20 years now. Forget solid first rounders like Bryant, left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and even outside linebacker / defensive end DeMarcus Ware, if you want to go back that far.
The double first-round whiff in 2008 (backup-running back Felix Jones and cornerback Mike Jenkins) combined with a nice goose-egg in the opening round of the 2009 player selection meeting pretty much set the tone for the second decade of the new millennium. The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft brought yet another cornerback (Morris Claiborne) that not only cost the franchise a second-round pick but also brought in a player that can’t seem to stay healthy or keep his starting job.
I’ll spare you my thoughts on the first-round choice in 2006—remember Bobby Carpenter?
Probably not, because there’s nothing to remember there.
The second round has been even worse, the Cowboys pretty much sticking to linebackers with injury history while in college, tight ends, in addition to Pro Bowl veteran Jason Witten, who either didn’t or haven’t shown anything or nobody at all thanks to other poor decisions.
On top of these issues, Dallas has also over-paid aging players that completely failed to deliver while also trading premium draft picks for other players in the same category. The name Roy Williams should still ring a bell, but obviously not the strong safety of the same name. How about Joey Galloway?
Yes, the Cowboys have inadvertently left gaping holes in a roster that seems to be fading each year, even despite that repeated .500 record since 2011.
No, Jones won’t be able to repair years worth of damage over the course of this offseason even if he lands starters with his first four selections in the coming draft—anyone believe that this will happen?
At some point, Dallas needs to get above water concerning the salary cap. It also needs more in the way of young talent, much like it had as the 1990s began—much like the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have right now.