2. Jourdan Lewis, CB
This space was originally taken by Michael Gallup, but there’s zero chance Dallas trades him after they restructured his contract. The amount of dead money involved makes it impossible, as does the organization’s unflappable belief that the receiver will bounce back another year removed from ACL surgery.
Instead, Lewis takes Gallup’s place.
While some Cowboys fans would advocate for keeping Lewis to make the secondary as deep as possible, acquiring Gilmore does make the veteran corner pretty expendable, as he was viewed as a cut candidate before the trade.
There’s no difference in terms of what Dallas would save by cutting or trading Lewis, so they might as well shop him around the league, no? Still just 27 years old, Lewis has the desired athletic profile to cover shifty slot receivers. There should be a market for his services now that there are so many receivers capable of lining up in the nickel in today’s NFL.
The key here is how much conviction the Cowboys have in DaRon Bland and Israel Mukuamu to replace Lewis in the slot.