4 trades the Cowboys should consider before the deadline

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Justin Simmons, Dallas Cowboys
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Justin Simmons, Safety – Denver Broncos

The Cowboys refuse to invest highly in their safety position. They refuse to use high draft picks on the position, not having drafted one higher than the sixth-round since 2013. They refuse to bring in top free agents, the latest example being seven-time Pro Bowler, Earl Thomas.

The obvious truth is the Cowboys believe they can win with average to below average safety play. So there would have to be a tremendous shift in team-building philosophy for them to make a trade for a high-quality safety.

But If the Cowboys were looking to make such a move, the Denver Broncos’ Justin Simmons makes a lot of sense. Currently playing on the franchise tag, the 26-year old safety is scheduled to become a free agent in 2021.

And the 2-3 Broncos could elect to part ways with the talented defender early if their season starts to go south and they believe they can get better draft compensation than a potential compensatory pick could provide.

Simmons earned a second-team All-Pro nod just last season after posting 93 tackles, 15 pass defends, and four interceptions. The former 2016 third-rounder out of Boston College can play either safety position and would be a perfect, although pricey piece to add to the secondary in Dallas.