Occasionally, a specific version of the Cowboys comes from so far from the left field, you’re not sure what to do with it. This is what happened recently when ESPN was publishing an article on the “buzz of free agencies” on all 32 NFL teams. The leaders of the whole championship called for further information on each team.
Upon entering, this article was expected to talk about the Cowboys rebuilding their defensive line in the mold of what the new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan wants. Or maybe it would cover the talent that Cowboys let walk like Byron Jones. You could also talk about the cowboys who keep Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott and how much it would cost the team. You can finally speculate on the free agents that may still follow, as we have done here.
All these things, and more, look like a discreet “free agency buzz” forage for an article. But instead, we got this:
Free will aggression level: moderate
Best addition: WR Amari Cooper for five years and $ 100 million
Dallas’ vaunted offensive line will be closely followed by the rest of the league. The withdrawal of All-Pro Travis Frederick was a shock to the system. But even before, there was some buzz in the league circles that the Cowboys were carefully examining a position group that had achieved a success of $ 53.243 million, second only to the Raiders.
The star studded line could generate a lot of commercial value if the Cowboys want to walk that road. The most negotiable resource is the left-handed tackle Tyron Smith, whose $ 13.545 million limit in 2020 is modest for a player of his skill. He still has four years for a deal that pays between $ 10 million and $ 13.6 million in salaries. But Smith is still very good, so it could be an appetizer for Dallas.
Regardless, Cowboys must navigate a win-now window with minimal free-agency options in the center and a quarterback on a $ 30.044 million franchise tag. Front office creativity will be required.
Honestly, I didn’t see it coming. Maybe this was something that “floated” before Travis Frederick’s retirement and is totally out of the game now. Even so, before Fredrick’s retirement, the Cowboys seemed not to have much appetite for swapping one of their offensive linesmen. When I discussed it with my colleague RJ Ochoa, he wasn’t even buying it, but he came up with this potential line if they swapped Tyron Smith as mentioned in the article.
LT: La el Collins
LG: Connor McGovern
C: Joe Looney
RG: Zack Martin
RT: Connor Williams
That line would be very far from what Cowboys have launched in recent years. Of course, if they had traded Smith, they would probably have increased the line with a high-level choice.
Obviously Frederick’s retirement will be a success for the line, but perhaps this is already the reduction in the future salary cap that the Cowboys were looking for along the offensive line, if they were ever interested in that.
Coincidentally, Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 recently discussed a fake draft that included a Tyron Smith trade just because someone had suggested he do it. In that case, one of the main leftist contrasts had fallen on the Cowboys, Andrew Thomas, so he chose him at n. 17, and therefore suggested getting a very small second round for Smith’s trade, which he used to take Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Cavanaugh makes it clear that he would not do this trade, but has simply canceled it since someone asked him to do it.
So to you BTB. Can anyone make a case for doing something like this, or do you think ESPN is just talking crazy?
Would you trade Tyron Smith with a draft choice between the end of the first and the beginning of the second 2020?
In no way, are you kidding? It is under contract at a reasonable price.
Yes, it’s time to renew the line, especially with Smith’s injury report.
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