The Dallas Cowboys top trade commodity is likely cornerback Jourdan Lewis. But is now the time to try and trade the 2017 third round selection?
In his rookie season, third round selection Jourdan Lewis was arguably the Dallas Cowboys top first-year player. Lewis started seven of his15 games in 2017, posting 54 tackles, 10 pass defends and a single interception.
But this offseason, the 5-foot-10, 195 pound Lewis was regulated to the second team. And that was believed to be because of new positional coach Kris Richard. The former leader of the Legion of Boom, the Seattle Seahawks’ storied secondary, became the Cowboys passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach earlier this year.
Richard is known for favoring tall, lengthy corners. Defenders like the 6-foot-3, 195 pound Richard Sherman and the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Brandon Browner. Richard’s first major move in Dallas was to shift the 6-foot-1, 200 pound Byron Jones from free safety back to cornerback. And through the first four games of the season, the former first rounder might just be the top player at the position in the entire league.
For Lewis, he’s been demoted from starter to backup, playing behind Jones, 2017 second rounder Chidobe Awuzie and former sixth-round pick Anthony Brown. The latter was actually benched for his poor last season.
Through the Cowboys’ first four games of this year, Lewis has only played a total of two defensive snaps. And against the Lions, he gave up a touchdown to Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate on the single defensive snap he played.
At only 23-years old, Lewis is a prime candidate for a trade. Especially if the Cowboys coaches no longer feel he is a scheme fit. This is a former starter who proved as a rookie he can excel in a certain system and is currently under an extremely team-friendly contract through 2021. Lewis should be very attractive for several NFL teams that need to improve their secondary.
As for Dallas, they have many needs of their own that could be filled by a potential trade. At the top of the list are safety, tight end and wide receiver. Although there are arguments to be made for additional help at both defensive tackle and along the offensive line.
This could be the perfect time for the Dallas Cowboys to seek out a trade for cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Especially if they believe he is no longer a good scheme fit. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 30th.