Dallas Cowboys: Breaking down probability of a Michael Gallup trade

Dallas Cowboys, Michael Gallup (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys, Michael Gallup (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Before you know it, the NFL trade deadline will soon be upon us. Teams have until Tuesday, Nov. 2 at exactly 4:00 P.M. ET to finalize any potential trades with other teams. Some will be looking to add some missing pieces to make a Super Bowl run while others are hoping to have a fire sale now for a better future later.

At any rate, the Dallas Cowboys are a team that is already considered a very strong contender to win it all at this point of the season. With a big trade done by general manager Jerry Jones to bolster some areas of the team that could use an upgrade, could be exactly what they need to make a huge statement in 2021.

The Cowboys definitely need help at safety but also have some needs to address at defensive tackle and cornerback. If Jones could conjure up a creative trade with a team to fill either of these needs without giving up too much, it would be the kind of immediate boost that would have a tremendous impact on the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys will more than likely trade Michael Gallup in 2021

Ideally, Jones would have to give up either draft picks and/or players as a name that has come up across the media lately that could be on the trading block is wide receiver Michael Gallup. Unfortunately, he’s been injured since Week 1 with a calf strain that has kept him out of the starting lineup since then.

Gallup is indeed a very good wide receiver but considering how the Cowboys have been just fine without him in the lineup, means he’s more than likely on the trading block. Besides playing in a contract year, Gallup could be used strategically by Jones in a good trade package with another team that is in dire need of an experienced wide receiver.

Obviously, there is a risk by other teams to make a trade involving an injured player but in the grand scheme of things, Gallup, when healthy, is an impact player when he’s on the field. In his career so far, he’s totaled 2,493 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns, and averages 15.4 yards per reception.

The best-case scenario for Jones would be to pull off a trade package involving Gallup and a draft pick to acquire a ready-to-start safety, defensive tackle, or even a cornerback. The Cowboys aren’t in a desperate need to acquire more draft picks for the future, but getting a trade done to bring in a player that’s established and ready to get to work in any of those defensive positional groups would be a great decision to push the envelope now.

Gallup will more than likely be testing free agency this upcoming offseason anyway as it’s important for the Cowboys to be proactive. At the end of the day, the NFL is all about business and even though it would be a shame to see Gallup wearing the jersey of another team, if trading him can help the Cowboys add a missing piece to what could be a championship team, it simply needs to happen.

The Cowboys are built to win now and well, could win it all if they simply add another star player to their defense. Whether it’s a top safety, defensive tackle, or another cornerback, it could fix an area of opportunity heading into the second half of the season and beyond.

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The probability of the Cowboys trading Gallup is high due to him being a free agent next year, them playing well without him, and some defensive needs in dire need to be bolstered. NFL trades are fast and furious as the deadline gets closer and hopefully, the Cowboys make a key trade happen involving Gallup to improve that aspect of their team for continued success from here on out.