Dallas Cowboys fans are currently up in arms after Jerry Jones' appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday when he foreshadowed the team's plans for the NFL trade deadline. Whereas the Eagles are scratching and clawing to bring in more talent for a Super Bowl run, Jones like Dallas' roster as currently constructed.
A maddening quote in its own right, is it possible Jones planted a red herring to the media so as to avoid revealing the Cowboys' true deadline intentions?
It's anyone's guess. By now, though, you're likely aware of the players who've been linked to the Cowboys pre-deadline. Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy and Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson are two names heavily mentioned with Dallas.
What about perfect fits in Dallas who are flying under the radar, though? They'd seemingly cost a lot less than the going rate for a Jeudy or Johnson and could potentially make just as big of an impact for the stretch run.
3. Saints CB Isaac Yiadom
While DaRon Bland has performed at an All-Pro level (look at the numbers!), Jourdan Lewis has struggled in the slot following his return from foot surgery.
In five games, Lewis owns a lousy 54.7 coverage grade, per PFF. Additionally, Lewis is allowing a 136.9 passer rating when targeted and has conceded two touchdowns.
Beyond Lewis, Stephon Gilmore has looked his age on crossing routes. The Cowboys likely (hopefully) expected that to be the case when they traded for Gilmore in the offseason, but Trevon Diggs' season-ending injury has thrust Gilmore into a bigger role than what was expected at the time of the trade.
Analysts and fans have mentioned the Broncos' Patrick Surtain and Bears' Jaylon Johnson as potential Cowboys targets, but those are pipe dreams.
A low-profile player like the Saints' Isaac Yiadom is a much more realistic. A former third-round pick by the Broncos in 2018, Yiadom forced New Orleans into cutting the well-traveled Bradley Roby this offseason but he's since taken a backseat behind Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo and Alontae Taylor.
On 95 coverage snaps this season, Yiadom is allowing just a 55.6% completion rate and 79.6 passer rating when targeted, per PFF. He's making the league minimum ($1.08 million) and the soon-to-be-rebuilding Saints will take any and all draft capital they can get their hands on.