Dallas Cowboys: Trade Dez Bryant for Jadeveon Clowney?

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Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney looks on after finishing the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I’m a believer that where there’s smoke there’s fire. There’s simply no other way to get true smoke unless something is burning, period.

Yes, there’s fog and steam. It’s possible to get things confused from time to time, but it’s hard to go wrong on smoke—you can even smell it.

I wouldn’t exactly refer to it as a mushroom cloud, but there’s at least smoke rings floating around that suggest that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may be investigating the possibility of trading up in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in less than a month. This shouldn’t seem like much of a story given Jones’ draft-day history as owner of America’s Team.

Let’s just say that he’s been there, done that.

But has Jones ever done anything like this?

The Cowboys have the 16th pick in the draft’s opening round at Radio City Music Hall. You have probably heard recent word that Jones is open to the idea of trading upward, yet it’s curious that he would openly express disinterest in the second overall pick in the draft, a selection currently owned by the St. Louis Rams.

On the contrary, Jones has obviously been looking into the possibility of moving up if an elite player can be had.


Let me get this straight: Jones is not interested in the second overall selection but he does want to move up if an impact player is available.

How much sense does that make?

Here’s what likely happened: There was at least discussion between Jones and the deep St. Louis front office about what exactly the price is for the second selection of the first round. Even more likely, Jones may have already pitched an interesting idea and this may have leaked a little.

Or maybe Jones and the Rams talked about the 13th pick, also owned by St. Louis.

Seems to me that the chances of landing an elite player in any draft are much higher when reaching for the top five selections, not exactly the 13th pick—not now anyway. I’ll leave it at that.

So, if there was to be a deal between the Cowboys and the Rams for the second pick in the draft, the cost would be significant, at least in terms of draft picks, now and likely in the future. Even in this deep draft and with St. Louis already owning two early first round selections, there would have to be a major exchange of goods in order for the Cowboys to trade up so far.

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  • Jimmbo94

    Dat would b a miracle!

  • will hall

    Well thats three minutes of my life wasted, dumb blog, I guess the Clowney can play WR also.

  • Sandy Faulkner

    As a forever Dallas fan, I love fantasy thoughts and that is what this article is. St. Louis isn’t going to trade the #2 for a 1st in 2015 and Dez Bryant, maybe in a fantasy world but not here. Would it be great for Dallas to get Clowney, sure it would but then Dallas is forced to find a #1 WR which they don’t have and that means using #16 on one. But of the WR in this draft and there are many good ones, Watkins and Evans are the only elite ones, true #1s. Getting Clowney would make the defense better but Dallas needs for more than one guy on defense to make the defense better. Plus the fact, as great as Clowney appears, he also has an attitude and demeanor that remind some of Ryan Leaf. Just because he dominated college in no ways means he will dominate in the NFL. In fact getting say Demarcus Lawrence at DE and say Trent Murphy DE might prove to be better not only in 2014 but well beyond. I hope for his sake Clowney is a great player but it is about team, not I, and Clowney just shows way to much “I” for me.

  • Kris80511

    Who ever came up with this is full of shit!!!

    • Christian Blood

      Thanks for reading Kris … check’s in the mail!

  • John Mason

    If you look at the last few Super Bowl winners you will see great defensive players trump #1 recievers

    • Viper4

      Immaterial. You do not trade one of the league’s best young receivers for an untested rookie, It’s really pretty simple. In 1988 Jimmy Johnson wanted to shop michael Irvin until Al Davis talked sense into him and Bryant has shown more now than Irvin had in 1988.

      • Christian Blood

        Yeah, except Irvin wasn’t about to command the same percentage of the salary cap as Bryant is about to.

        Yes, Bryant is a vet and that generally outweighs any rookie … excpet Clowney. What the defender looks to have is worth far more than a guy who touches the ball six times per game.

  • Old Frog

    Not a big fan of Dez. Ranked 13th last year in total yards and yards/game while tied for first with most fumbles. His pending contract demands make me nervous. I would do this in a heartbeat if it were Clowney for Bryant and our 16 but anything more than that would be too expensive – although it could be construed as confirmation Bryant really ain’t all that in the eyes of other teams…yet.

    • HooBoy

      Old Frog I actually almost completely agree with you. The two best receivers in the NFL in my opinion are Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant. However, neither of them are going to win a Super Bowl for their team. In fact I can’t remember the last time a “superstar” receiver won a championship. We’ve seen Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Russell Wilson win championships with good, but not great, receivers. Are these quarterbacks much better than Romo? I’d say no. What they have all had that Romo hasn’t throughout his career is a defense that can win games. I wouldn’t say that Clowney alone is going to win games for the Cowboys, but if the Cowboys don’t start wreaking havoc on defense they’ll never win a championship again. Superstar receivers are a HUGE DISTRACTION. Give me a quality quarterback, a handful of Hines Wards, Jordy Nelsons, and Mario Manninghams and a dominant defense and watch the Super Bowls start piling up. So Dez and two first rounders for Clowney? Maybe not, but if the defense doesn’t stop getting the scraps and start getting some real talent Dez won’t ever matter.

    • revellyre

      You always throw out the same dumb stats in every single article that mentions Dez Bryant’s name. It never fails, and on multiple blogs. But you never bother listing the stats that make Dez so great. Now why is that, exactly? Do you not know they exist? Can you not locate them? Do I have to spell them out?

      OK, I will.

      Stats among wide receivers only (his peers)

      No 2 in receiving TDs- (you know, the stat that wins games for a team). That means Dez had more TDs last season than Megatron, Marshall, AJ Green, Fitzgerald, Johnson, etc.

      No 8 in big plays- (catches over 25 yds.)

      No 5 in receiving 1st downs

      No. 6 in targets- (BTW, give him more opportunities and he’ll have more of those yds you’re so enamored with).

      No. 8 in receptions inside 20 yds- Important stat, since he’s catching passes on an ever-shrinking field so close to scoring range, to ensure Dallas at least comes away with an easy FG.

      No 1 in receptions inside 10 yds- An even more important stat. With the field this
      compressed, it becomes much harder to move the ball. When Dallas needs to score, Dez Bryant is the man to get it in the end zone, not Dallas’ RBs. W/out him, scoring goes WAY down and Dallas loses far more games, as many of the games Dallas wins are within one score

      No 2 in 1st Down Catches on 3rd and 3 or less- Extremely important stat. When Dallas wants to complete a 1st down on short yardage, Romo goes to Dez vs handing off and running for it, since Murray isn’t the type of powerback who can consistently get the hard yards.

      You’ll find some WRs who have better numbers in any one area than Dez, but taken as a whole, only a very, very small handful of WRs can do what Dez can do.

      Try using some of these stats every once in a while when assessing the true value of Dez Bryant’s worth to the team, instead of constantly cutting and pasting your slanted viewpoint ad nauseum.

      • Old Frog

        The answer is simple. I don’t want the FO to pay him more than $6-8 million per year. He’s a very good receiver but not elite and after the progress someone has made reeling Jerry in on big contracts for players that aren’t worth it I don’t want to see the club screw up again by over paying Bryant.

  • David

    If Clowney did not have some character questions Id say maybe.

  • Pridenpoise

    Lolol, no seriously lololol.

  • true cowboys fan

    C’mon man I’ve heard of slow news story’s but really? It’s like another get rid of Jerry Jones as a GM story it not happening stop the nonsense …. True Cowboys Fan For Life

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    WHAT? Give up a producing receiver and a high draft pick for an unproven rookie or am I reading this incorrectly? Geeez.

    • revellyre

      Except you’re wrong, of course. He’s had back-to-back 1200+ yard seasons and 12+ TDs to match. Since when was not playing in a playoff game the WR’s fault? Clowney gets us there but a player the caliber of DeMarcus Ware couldn’t do so for the last four years? I think Dallas’ issues are more systemic, rather than focused on one specific position group.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      Thanks for the reply. I will try to follow football for a little longer but that may be difficult since I have been a Cowboy fan and have followed NFL football since 1963…most likely before you were born. Don’t assume that fans you disagree with you do so because they haven’t been following the game.

  • Malcolm Currie

    This article is stupid! Why would Jerry take away Romo’s main weapon when it is clear that he wants to maximize his huge investment in his QB? I hate draft speculation simply because no one ever knows what that idiot GM will do on draft day!!!

    • Christian Blood

      Because Romo’s main weapon has a single 1,000 yard season in four tries … offense wins games (no more than .500 though), defense wins championships.

      • Malcolm Currie

        Lol, you’re a writer and don’t have your facts right? Write facts not your opinion! I made that statement because the Owner/GM has emphatically stated over the last couple of years that he was making his offense Romo friendly and if you will recall last year he drafted a TE and WR high when everyone on planet earth knew they needed to draft DL to make the transition to the 4-3. By the way that No. 1 weapon has two 1,000 yard seasons not one and was second in the league in TD receptions amongst WRS and his arrow is pointing upwards!!! Funny how people say stupid stuff when they don’t like certain people, but they weren’t saying a team doesn’t need their No. 1 weapon when Michael Irving was winning championships!!! Don’t get me wrong, I believe in Defense but, anyone who follows the Cowboys should know this scenario isn’t happening under JJ’s (Jerry jackass) watch and that’s the only reason I called the article stupid. To prove my point, name one Pro Bowl player Jerry has traded since the Herschel Walker trade.

  • old timer fan

    U r a idiot.all the ends u mentioned had big time help. None were solo. By the way randy white was a tackle beside yes co mvp havery martin.

    • Christian Blood

      I never stated Randy White was not a defensive tackle.


  • Earl Robertson

    I quit reading this about 3 words into it and by the comments I’m glad I did

    • Earl Robertson

      Sorry man didn’t think I would hurt your feelings, and I agreed that I would rather have Clowney then Bryant but it isn’t going to happen so to suggest it is a waste of time to write it and to read it. Like saying Texans going to trade # 1 pick for Romo! But keep writing you do a good job over all

  • Lane Mclean

    the author of this blog needs to be slapped…..HARD…

  • Ed

    Ugh, it’s clearly April and we’re in the final stretch where anyone and everyone will post any and all scenarios that could possibly be conceived prior to the NFL Draft. May 8th can’t come soon enough!

  • Keith Ranson

    Somebody Must Have Been Smoking Some SERIOUS Ganja To Even Suggest That!

    • Christian Blood

      To suggest what, getting a pass rush instead of a pass catcher with a single 1,000 season in four years?

      It wasn’t that good!

      • revellyre

        Wrong again. This is becoming a habit, Mr. Blood.

  • Guy Smith

    Dallas has Weakness all over the place, DT, DE, OLine, safety, and This by all accounts is a very Deep draft, we could possibly fill Three positions of need next month, so why in the world would the Cowboys do something like.. er, Oh, I Forgot, Jerry Jones runs things here..

  • northdallas7

    Who lets this guy write this bull $hit???

  • Michael Phelps

    Sorry but to quote Tom Landry, you don’t take points off the board. This is insane.

  • Michael Phelps

    “There happens to be a lot of history surrounding this part of the roster and much of that history is very good.”
    There also happens to be a great deal of history with the WR part of the roster. (See History of 88). This is a recipe for absolute disaster.

    “What you’ve just said… is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul…” ~ The Principal, Billy Maddison

  • Viper4

    An unsourced rumor is the last refuge of the writer with a deadline and no story.

    • Christian Blood

      Well, the sourcing is pretty much everywhere and thank goodness there was no deadline!

  • Viper4

    NOBODY, 20 minutes before Dallas was on the clock a few years ago had any idea Dallas would trade up for Caliborne but this year someone, despite the risk of ending his NFL career, has leaked that Dallas has contacted St. Louis about a trade?

    • Christian Blood

      Read more about the NFL. Truth is generally much stranger than fiction … sometimes anyway.

  • Anthony88

    You sir (writer) are a dumbass.

    • Christian Blood

      Fortunately among many, many other things.