Dak Prescott has to be loving the Dallas Cowboys’ pre-draft activity.
The Cowboys seemingly are are kicking the tires on adding another receiver, even after trading for Brandin Cooks. As of this writing, Dallas has scheduled top-30 visits and private workouts with myriad WR prospects, including potential first-round picks Zay Flowers, Jalin Hyatt, Quentin Johnston and Jordan Addison.
All told, any of these players — including the ones we haven’t mentioned by name — would complete the team’s receiver room.
Though stacked with CeeDee Lamb and Cooks, there’s legitimate concerns about Michael Gallup after he struggled post-ACL surgery. Not to mention, Jalen Tolbert is a huge question mark after he redshirted as a rookie and Simi Fehoko is firmly on the roster bubble as we sit here today.
Say the Cowboys don’t draft a wide receiver early, though. Might they look elsewhere to equip Prescott with another pass-catcher?
If they do, one of Prescott’s former favorite weapons — former-Cowboy-turned-Dolphin Cedrick Wilson — could be available via trade.
Cowboys Rumors Could Dallas pursue reunion with WR Cedrick Wilson?
Per the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are open to trading Wilson. The report indicates Miami isn’t actively shopping Wilson and would be OK having him on the roster in 2023. However, his $8 million cap hit and $7 million base salary coupled with a lack of production operating behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle makes him expendable in the front office’s eyes.
Wilson played in 15 games for the Dolphins last season, but logged a lowly 26% snap share, catching 12 of 18 targets for 136 yards without a touchdown. That’s not what Miami paid for, though they’re partially to blame for not giving Wilson enough opportunities to prove himself.
As we saw in 2021, Wilson is capable of delivering WR3 numbers. That season, he posted 45 catches for 602 yards (13.4 yards per catch), six touchdowns. He recorded 27 first downs and made some clutch grabs for the Cowboys and had Prescott’s trust in high-leverage situations.
You might think why Dallas would be interested in a player they let walk, but NFL Network’s Jane Slater heard at the Combine that the Cowboys’ regret letting Wilson sign elsewhere. That suggests they tried to retain him.
In a vacuum, trading for Wilson would make very little sense.
Even though he wouldn’t cost a premium — likely a sixth- or seventh-round pick — the Cowboys could simply wait for the Dolphins to cut him if it comes to that. Trading Wilson would maximize their cap savings, and there’s always a chance a WR-needy team bails Miami out, but the optic of trading for a player that got away in free agency is something that Dallas’ front office would probably like to avoid.
The Dolphins clearly have very little use for Wilson, so perhaps Dallas plays a game of chess and waits for the Fins to outright cut him.
At that point, who would be opposed to the idea?