Cowboys insider reveals 2 players team could trade before regular season

Don't be quick to assume the Cowboys are done making trades this offseason
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For years, Dallas Cowboys fans have demanded the front office to make all-in moves. Many understood that would have to come in the form of a trade given the team's long-standing reluctance to pay outsiders in free agency.

In a testament to the front office's belief in the roster and coaching staff, fans' prayers were answered, and then some, as they acquired Brandin Cooks from the Texans and Stephon Gilmore from the Colts for a trio of late-round draft picks.

The term "blockbuster" has been thrown around, but it's probably a reach, largely due to the Cowboys' brass giving up little in return for Cooks and Gilmore. In order for a trade to qualify as a blockbuster, all teams involved typically have to part ways with coveted resources.

It's been quiet on the trade front since those deals were finalized, but ESPN's Todd Archer (subscription required) understands the team could reenter the business before the season if they're faced with tough decisions when forming the 53-man roster.

More specifically, Archer pegged Dante Fowler Jr. and Neville Gallimore as players who could become trade chips to "fill gaps or gain future picks."

Could Cowboys trade Dante Fowler or Neville Gallimore?

Archer has Fowler and Gallimore making the team in his 53-man roster projection. Of course, that means very little in the grand scheme. Ultimately, whether the Cowboys float Fowler and, or Gallimore in trade talks hinges on the health of the defensive line coming out of training camp.

Injuries are unfortunately a major part of camp. Though camp is days old for some teams, myriad serious injuries have been confirmed.

Most notably, newly-minted Lions safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (formerly of the Eagles), suffered what was initially speculated as a serious knee injury. It's since been reported that Johnson avoided the worse-case scenario, but the news reminded fans of the dangers of football, even in a practice setting.

In any event, defensive end is one position Dallas can afford to get thinner.

Any trade would create more reps for second-year man Sam Williams, whom many expect to breakout this season. Even if Fowler was dealt, Dan Quinn would still have a full stable at his disposal, including Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Williams, Dorance Armstrong and the versatile Chauncey Golston.

The team isn't as deep in the trenches, but Gallimore's future has been a major talking point this offseason after he was a healthy scratch against the Buccaneers in the playoffs. Even before the postseason, Gallimore had been leapfrogged in the pecking order by Golston and Carlos Watkins.

If Gallimore doesn't perform at camp -- or other Cowboys IDLs rise to the occasion -- it wouldn't surprise if the 2020 third-round pick becomes the subject of trade rumors, even though he wouldn't net a big return.

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