The NFL trade deadline is around the corner and the jury is still out if the Dallas Cowboys play any part in the sweepstakes.
Though the Cowboys are in a good spot with their 4-2 record, the Eagles proved (again) that they're all-in to win a Super Bowl this week when they traded for Titans All-Pro safety Kevin Byard. If the 5-1 fighting Nick Sirianni's aren't resting on their laurels, why should Dallas be content with its roster as presently constructed?
Dallas' roster isn't starved of talent, but there are multiple positions that could be upgraded before the deadline. Wide receiver is a polarizing subject in that regard, as it was just a few months ago the team traded for Brandin Cooks.
While Cooks (through no fault of his own) finally arrived in Week 6, Michael Gallup's play the last couple weeks has drawn the ire of fans.
Gallup's contract isn't movable until after the season, but that hasn't stopped folks from clamoring for a trade for Raiders wideout Hunter Renfrow, who's reportedly being shopped after falling out of favor in Josh McDaniel's offense.
NFL Rumors: Cowboys should trade for Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow
Do the Cowboys need to make a trade for a wide receiver? Not necessarily, but Prescott's completion rate when targeting Gallup isn't sustainable. The hope is Prescott will target Cooks and even Jalen Tolbert more in future weeks, but Gallup currently ranks second on the team behind CeeDee Lamb with 32 targets.
Gallup's struggles creating separation against press coverage are well-documented. Adding a possession receiver like Renfrow could have a Cole Beasley-like impact for Prescott and the Cowboys offense.
While Lamb and Renfrow are best in the slot, both are capable of playing outside. Of course, Lamb is the least of Dallas' worries on offense. He'll get open regardless of where he plays. Renfrow's ability to beat man coverage and find the soft pockets against zone defense would be a great complement to Lamb.
Renfrow might not move the needle for fans, but that's because he's been completely unused in McDaniels' offense, which ironically ranks 30th in points per game. It was just two years ago (before McDaniels was hired as head coach in 2022) that Renfrow made the Pro Bowl with 103 catches for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns.
In 17 games since? 44 catches for 403 yards and 2 TDs. Granted, the arrival of Davante Adams and later Jakobi Meyers hasn't helped, but Renfrow's only seeing 36% of the snaps this season compared to a 61% share last campaign.
Renfrow has no guaranteed money left on his contract after this season. Assuming the Raiders agree to pay most of his 2023 salary, the Cowboys should be all over this. The offense lacks explosion, but that's not for a lack of talent.
It could use another efficient receiver and Renfrow's career 74.6% catch rate is far superior to Gallup's 48.5%.
Who says no?