5 players the Cowboys should consider putting on the trade block

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With the return of defensive end Randy Gregory, the Cowboys have a plethora of pass rushers in-house. And their roster has some major voids to fill in other areas. It only makes sense for them to try to unload one of them at the trade deadline.

When it comes to pass rushers, there’s always a market. There likely isn’t another roster in the NFL that couldn’t use an additional edge rusher or two. And the obvious candidate for the Cowboys to move on from is Everson Griffen. The four-time Pro Bowler would clearly have value on the open market.

Signed to a one-year, $6 million deal in August, Griffen has recorded 15 total tackles, four QB hits, and 1.5 sacks in six games for Dallas. His 10 quarterback pressures is the second-most on the team.

Still, the soon-to-be 33-year-old Griffen firmly slots behind Aldon Smith and DeMarcus Lawrence on the depth chart. Adding Gregory to the mix could make him the odd man out in Dallas.

Trading Griffen could also open up more opportunities for rookie pass rusher, Bradlee Anae. The highly-touted fifth-rounder has played just six defensive snaps in six games.

If the Cowboys were looking to add a player to their offensive line, at defensive tackle, or along their secondary, Griffen could be the key to getting a deal done.