The NFL Trade Deadline passed on Halloween this year and while the rumors are usually hotter than the actual trades that happen, there were some moves that could be impactful. Several teams went out and tried to improve their chances of making a run in 2023 but the Dallas Cowboys ended up not being one of those franchises.
For those who follow this team, that's not a huge shock. Jerry and Stephen Jones are often mocked for their approach, which typically ends with them saying "We like our guys" while they sit on their hands and watch their rivals improve. That happened again this year with the Philadelphia Eagles adding Kevin Byard and the San Francisco 49ers picked up Chase Young — to go along with Nick Bosa and Randy Gregory.
The Jones family will point to their additions in the offseason, which include Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, but injuries and ineffective play from key contributors warranted a move. But that didn't happen since Jerry Jones said they would wait for someone to call them. That approach could leave them behind in the postseason which is why they will regret not making a move for at least one of these three players.
3. Azeez Al-Shaair, Linebacker
While he ended up not being traded, the Cowboys should have been on the phone with the Tennessee Titans asking about Azeez Al-Shaair. After trading Byard to the Eagles for essentially nothing, it was clear the Titans were open for business. And with Leighton Vander Esch injured, Al-Shaair would have been a huge addition.
A former undrafted free agent, Al-Shaair spent four years with the 49ers and had 199 tackles and two picks in that span. He then signed with Tennessee this offseason and has been outplaying his contract.
In just seven games, he already has 73 tackles, which is the second most he's produced in a single season. He's also set to be a free agent, so this is someone that was expected to be available. If he was and Dallas didn't make a move, that's a major whiff on their part.