5 players the Cowboys should consider putting on the trade block

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Dintari Poe, Dallas Cowboys
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Dontari Poe, DT

There’s no real reason why any NFL team should be interested in trading for underperforming defensive tackle Dontari Poe right now as his play this season indicates he’s well past his prime. Yet, his former All-Pro and Pro Bowl accolades could be enough to entice a team to make an offer.

The 6-foot-4, 346-pound defensive tackle has had a less than ideal impact in the middle of the line this season, resulting in the Cowboys posting the second-worst rushing defense in the NFL. Dallas has allowed a whopping 173.3 yards on the ground per game to opposing offenses this year.

Poe’s inability to create a stout presence in the middle of the defensive line has had a negative ripple effect that’s hurting the entire defense. And the Cowboys desperately need to make a change at the position.

Rather than benching the underperforming 30-year old who inked a two-year deal worth up to $10.5 million this offseason, Dallas should try to get out from under his contract via a trade.

The recent play of defensive tackle Justin Hamilton should give Dallas hope of improved interior play, although those needs should still be addressed. Perhaps the Cowboys can be both buyers and sellers when it comes to the defensive tackle position before the trade deadline.