Jerry Jones Officially Throws His Cowboys Hat Into the NFL Trade Deadline Ring
The NFL trade deadline is on November 1, just two days after Week 8 Sunday. Several teams declared their intentions as buyers days or even weeks ago, but things have been relatively quiet on the Dallas Cowboys front. However, that all changed after the ‘Boys beat the Chicago Bears 49-29 in Week 8 to move to 6-2. After the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones officially announced his intention to test the trade market in the next 48 hours.
Jerry Jones says he’s willing to part with assets in a trade
With the Cowboys’ victory in Week 8, the team moves to 6-2 on the season. With the Philadelphia Eagles staying undefeated and the New York Giants dropping to 6-2, that puts Dallas in second in the NFC East.
And while the race for the division will be a barn-burner, the conference will not be as tough. Outside of the East, only the Minnesota Vikings (6-1) and Seattle Seahawks (5-3) are over .500 on the season.
With a path to the Super Bowl in sight, 80-year-old Jerry Jones is ready to pull out all the stops to get back to the Big Game.
After the Cowboys win vs. the Bears, Dallas-area radio host Kevin Gray Jr. tweeted a quote from Jones that said as much.
“When if I have a chance to do something that would be interpreted but real meat on the bone of going for it, then I would do that. I feel that good about our chances here,” Jones admitted. “I would do that. Yeah, and I’d give up some future currency to go for it.”
And with that statement, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are officially players at the 2022 NFL trade deadline.
Dallas Cowboys trade targets
The Dallas Cowboys already made a lower-level move during this NFL trade deadline season. Before Week 8, the team traded the Las Vegas Raiders a sixth-round pick for a seventh-round pick and defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins.
After Jones’ comments on Sunday, it sounds like he’s ready to make a bigger splash, though.
The flashiest move would be to bring in a WR to replace Amari Cooper, who the team traded to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason. There are several pass-catchers in the market at the 2022 NFL trade deadline, and any one of them would be a good fit next to CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy was available, but that may have changed after the Broncos win in London on Sunday morning. The Carolina Panthers’ D.J. Moore, Houston Texans’ Brandin Cooks, or the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Chase Claypool could all be targets.
Of this group, Cooks seems like the most likely target as the biggest bang for the buck.
The best (possibly Super Bowl-winning) move for the Cowboys, though, could be trading for someone on the field Sunday. Bears linebacker Roquan Smith would cost a lot in terms of draft picks, but he’d be an incredible Dallas Cowboy.
The young LB is one of the best defensive layers in the game in 2022, and pairing him up with Micah Parsons could allow defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to get even more creative with where he lines Parsons up. It would cost Jones a first-rounder and then some, but getting Smith would be just as valuable now as that top pick would be in the coming years.
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