Training camp is here and the Dallas Cowboys season is fast approaching. Before September, teams still have a chance to make some last-minute cuts, additions, or trades to bolster their rosters one final time before the season starts.
This offseason has been an interesting one for the Cowboys. As much as Stephen and Jerry Jones want everyone to think that they made all the right moves to help this roster, it seems like there are still question marks in the air and gaps to fill. Instead of picking up affordable free agents to add to the linebacker, offensive line, and defensive line depth issues, the front office chose to stay pretty quiet as far as external free agents go.
One position group that has fans up in arms is the defensive line. With a mix of young guys like Neville Gallimore and Osa Odighizuwa expected to lead the charge, this defensive front may struggle even more than they did against the run last year. Another question mark is fourth-year DL Trysten Hill.
After being selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Central Florida product has only started five games in his last three seasons with the Cowboys. He’s also missed at least nine games in each one of those years, sometimes more, thanks to suspensions and injuries.
Bleacher Report suggests that the Cowboys trade Trysten Hill to the Raiders despite DL concerns
Because of all of this, his name has understandably been listed as a possibility for last-minute roster cuts or trade options. While trading a guy who has provided little to nothing after receiving a second-round pick makes sense, getting rid of depth at a position that is already thin seems incredibly risky unless they have a solid replacement in mind.
Bleacher Report thinks otherwise. In a recent article, Brent Sobleski suggested that the Cowboys trade the 24-year-old to the Raiders. The writer seems to think Dallas is set at the position.
"Dallas is set at defensive tackle with starters Neville Gallimore and Carlos Watkins. Osa Odighizuwa found a home at 3-technique as well. Hill really doesn’t have a home anymore in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme. The Cowboys may be able to leverage the fact that Hill is only 24 years old and an excellent athlete instead of outright releasing him.Beggars can’t be choosers, and the Las Vegas Raiders could use more help along the defensive interior. New general manager Dave Ziegler pieced together a motley crew by re-signing Johnathan Hankins, adding Bilal Nichols, Kyle Peko, Andrew Billings and Vernon Butler through free agency and drafting Matthew Butler and Neil Farrell Jr.Hill can be another option thrown into the mix in hopes of building a passable patchwork group."
It’s hard to imagine that between the injuries, fines, and suspensions the Cowboys would be able to get all of that much in exchange for Hill. So, is getting rid of depth (even if it isn’t the best) for almost nothing in return worth it? Arguably not.
Hill hasn’t been what the Cowboys expect him to be, but there may be some faith in the fact that he’s still only 24 years old. It’s much more likely that Hill gets cut as a roster bubble guy rather than traded for anything of value, especially with John Ridgeway and Quinton Bohanna coming up in the ranks behind him.