It appears the Dallas Cowboys are ready to acknowledge defeat in believing the offense doesn’t need another playmaker. Trading Amari Cooper, though it allowed CeeDee Lamb to announce himself as a superstar receiver, proved to be a death knell once the second round of the playoffs rolled around.
Per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are focused on making an “impactful addition” to the offense. The report hinted Tony Pollard will be back, presumably on the franchise tag, but made sure to note that this unknown playmaker would be a separate pickup.
Gehlken also noted this addition could arrive via the draft, free agency, or trade, but the verbiage suggested Dallas is swinging big for once.
Names like Brandin Cooks (trade) and Odell Beckham Jr. (free agency) have been floated as potential targets, but let’s think outside the box for a minute and highlight some dark horse trade targets for the Cowboys, shall we?
3 dark horse trade targets for the Cowboys
3. Michael Pittman, Colts WR
Are the Colts headed for a complete rebuild? It certainly feels that way after they face-lifted seemingly their entire coaching staff. The idea of trading Jonathan Taylor has been floated, and Michael Pittman shouldn’t be far behind in that regard as Indy’s other gem from the second round of the 2020 draft.
Approaching his fourth season in the NFL, Pittman is extension-eligible, and his resume is indicative of someone who deserves around $20 million per year. Should the rebuilding Colts tie themselves to the former USC star for the long haul, or trade him to obtain more draft capital to expedite their rebuild?
Pittman flashed WR1 potential over the last two seasons. In 2021, he burst onto the scene with 88 catches for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns. He followed that with 99 catches for 925 yards and four scores this past campaign.
Pretty solid output given he was catching spirals from Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, and Sam Ehlinger, and the lack of complementary talent at receiver.
Logic says Indy keeps Pittman to help the development of whichever quarterback they draft, but this franchise has a habit of making moves that most teams would avoid; like trading multiple picks for Wentz, for instance.