The Dallas Cowboys defense has struggled heavily this season, ranking No. 20 in total defense according
to NFL.com. While DE Demarcus Lawrence is enjoying a breakout season with 8.5 sacks through 5 games(leads the NFL) the secondary has struggled heavily to start the season, ranking 29th in points allowed with 26.4 points per game. Aside from the road loss to Denver, the Cowboys have been competitive in all of their games this season with their last two games being decided by five points or less. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot are enjoying fine sophomore seasons, but the Dallas defense has allowed at least 330 total yards to opposing offenses since week 1; With that kind of production, it’s hard for any team to keep up in a football game. With the Cowboys falling to 2-3, will they attempt to make a trade before the week 8 trade deadline?
Much has been made of the departures from the Dallas secondary since last season, losing Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, and Barry Church to free agency. The Cowboys responded by drafting three cornerbacks and one safety in the 2017 NFL Draft, with the notable draftees being Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. While Lewis has impressed, Awuzie has struggled with injuries to begin his NFL career, missing two games with a hamstring injury. Orlando Scandrick and Nolan Carroll have also struggled with injuries, with Carroll being released last week after only four games with the team after signing a 3-year $10 million contract in the offseason. With all the uncertainty surrounding the cornerback position, it may be in the Cowboys’ best interest to pursue a trade for a savvy veteran cornerback before the trade deadline. Dallas currently has $9.4 million in cap space, and with a few roster moves could easily make room for a new cornerback. One name that immediately comes to mind is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, a player who dominated headlines all offseason with trade rumors after reports he was disgruntled with the coaching staff. With a $13.6 million cap hit, the Cowboys would certainly have to get creative in order to make this trade happen. With one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, the Seahawks certainly wouldn’t mind seeking some help on the offensive line as they have reportedly been aggressively pursuing o-line help all week since the injuries to Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi. Perhaps Seattle could pursue right tackle La’el Collins and a third-round pick for their 29 year-old star cornerback? While this would obviously be a huge blow to the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks need to make a bold move to protect Russell Wilson if they hope to contend in a competitive NFC West. Bold decisions have been a staple of the Seahawks front office for years, as is evident in trades for Percy Harvin in 2013, Jimmy Graham in 2015, and Sheldon Richardson in 2017. Your move, Jerry Jones.