With the recent suspension of cornerback Orlando Scandrick combined with the various injuries to their defensive backfield, the Dallas Cowboys were in desperate need of some depth at that position. And quickly, the Cowboys front office responded. On Tuesday, Dallas traded second-year defensive tackle Ben Bass to the New England Patriots in exchange for second-year cornerback Justin Green.
The 5’10, 200 lbs Green was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Illinois in 2013. He spent all but two games on the Patriot’s practice squad last season. A former high school track star and running back as a freshman, Green spent his last three years at Illinois at cornerback, starting 29 games in that span. In his sophomore year, Green recorded a whopping 55 total tackles in 13 games. He was also a three time academic All-Big 10 selection. Although not invited to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Green impressed at his Pro Day running an unofficial 4.42 forty. You can watch highlights of his impressive Pro Day performance below.
After making the Cowboys roster in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, Bass’ contributions to the Cowboys were severely limited by the injury bug. He played just two games during his rookie campaign. In 2013, Bass landed on the Injured Reserve list and missed the entire season. As for this offseason, Bass has again been struggling with a hamstring injury. Despite flashes of potential, the excellent play of undrafted rookie free agent Davon Coleman most likely made the often-sidelined Bass expendable.
Green now joins a struggling Cowboys defensive backfield that includes Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick, B.W. Webb, Sterling Moore, Terrence Mitchell, Tyler Patmon and Korey Lindsey. He could also make an impact on special teams.