Identifying other possible Cowboys trade targets before cutdown day after Trey Lance deal

Could the Cowboys swing another trade before roster cuts?
Dec 26, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9)
Dec 26, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9) / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Change of scenery

Sometimes a player gets to a city and they simply do not fit. And yes, fit matters.

The LA Chargers drafted linebacker Daiyan Henley in the third round and added former Viking Eric Kendricks to shore up their run defense which ranked among the worst in the league. It was done so in order to find a replacement for former first round pick Kenneth Murray Jr.

The Texas native had a standout career at the University of Oklahoma and after the team declined his fifth year option, perhaps a change of scenery, along with some cap gymnastics, could provide the Cowboys with the depth they may seek.

Murray has been a liability in the run game but has done well playing in coverage. The Cowboys circling back on a highly touted prospect they interviewed during the pre-draft process is a tale told before.

Adding Murray for depth purposes may be beneficial for both teams. Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn helping an athlete reach their potential is something we have come to expect but any interest would come with salary question marks.

Murray has a relatively low base salary of $2.3 million while his prorated bonus of just under $2 million is a cap charge as opposed to actual cash flow. Is that low enough for the Cowboys to be interested?

The Verdict

Injuries to players like DeMarvion Overshown and John Stephens Jr. pose problems. From carrying roster spots in order to get players safe through waivers to finding talent that fits your program, churning the bottom of the roster has future consequences.

Trading for players is a bigger unknown.

Teams are going to risk salary cap space in order to swing for the fences on pricey veterans while others will take chances on roster spots with guys who have never stepped foot in the building. Either way, expecting to find contributors this late in the game comes with some gamble.

While we are all ready to pull the trigger, buyer's need to be aware on the late camp trade market.