When Dallas Cowboys fans woke up on Tuesday, they were desperate for the front office to make some semblance of a statement move.
By dinner time Tuesday, Dallas re-signed leading tackler Donovan Wilson and acquired star cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Colts for a 2023 fifth-round compensatory pick. All of sudden, the Cowboys have an elite secondary to complement a front seven that includes generational talent Micah Parsons.
Speaking of Parsons, the Defensive Player of the Year finalist had to be thrilled to see the franchise finally make an “all-in” move.
Parsons has been extremely vocal on social media about star players landing with other contenders. Just in the last 24 hours, Parsons made note of the 49ers signing stud interior defender Javon Hargrave away from the Eagles.
Like most Cowboys fans, the Gilmore trade took Parsons by surprise, and he took to Twitter to share his NSFW reaction.
Cowboys’ Micah Parsons has NSFW reaction to Stephon Gilmore trade
Honestly, Micah, this was our reaction, too. How could it not be? The Cowboys are usually on the opposite end of these trades. In fact, it was almost a year ago to the day (two days off) that Dallas dealt Amari Cooper to Cleveland for two fifth-round picks and a swap of sixth-round picks in the 2022 draft.
Not since they traded for Cooper during the 2018 campaign has the organization made a move of this magnitude. Most of Jerry Jones’ signature trades have involved trading up in the draft. Those moves have netted the likes of DeMarcus Lawrence (2014) and Dez Bryant (2010).
Gilmore is definitely a rental and on the proverbial back nine of his career, but he proved in 2020 with the Colts that he can still play at an elite level.
CeeDee Lamb clearly approves of the blockbuster.
With Parsons flirting with 15 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, and 100 pressures every season, Gilmore teaming up with Trevon Diggs at corner, and Donovan Wilson rejoining Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker at safety, Dan Quinn has the makings of an elite defense.
That doesn’t even include the underrated Lawrence, ascending interior defender Osa Odighizuwa, and 2022 fifth-round pick DaRon Bland, whose ranked fifth in the NFL with five interceptions as a rookie in just eight starts.
Parsons (and Cowboys fans) would like to see Dallas to keep its foot on the gas pedal and acquire more talent, but there’s very little to complain about right now. Just like Parsons, everybody’s trying to process their emotions.
Don’t lie, we all let out a couple cuss words once we got the notification.