But let’s go further into the water and assume that a potential trade of Elliott to any other NFL franchise wouldn’t garner as much as the ‘Great Trade Robbery’ did almost 30 years ago, because it probably wouldn’t.
How about two first round picks and one or two additional second round picks?
Realistically, the Cowboys could probably get two first round picks for Elliott and maybe some additional gravy in the draft and perhaps a player. You might call it half of the Walker trade, which for this team could do wonders as soon as 2018.
Getting these young, cheap, blue-chip resources for ideal financial considerations would put the Cowboys in position to bolster their roster in ways they otherwise can’t – or won’t. Remember that gone are the days when the Cowboys blow up their salary structure for aging free agents that other teams don’t want, for whatever the reason.
The draft is where it’s at, and the Cowboys could essentially take control of the early rounds of at least the next two if they scored a deal for Elliott.
The Cowboys still need a defensive front that scares people and the apparent washout of 2015 second-round pick Randy Gregory really leaves a sore spot that lingers to this minute.
Don’t look now, but 2014 second-round selection DeMarcus Lawrence is already in a contract year and I can’t see the Cowboys investing money into this player regardless of what he does this season, which he hopes has his only big payday waiting at the very end.
Trading Elliott could go a long ways towards accomplishing that goal.