Cowboys WR should consider trading, including some division rivals
Whether the Dallas Cowboys believe it or not, James Washington’s injury puts them in a real bind. They just can’t afford to put all their eggs in one basket hoping CeeDee Lamb can put the passing game on his back and carry the team into 2022. That’s just too much to ask of anyone. what a player, not to mention one who has never really been ‘the guy’ so far in his young career.
The Cowboys would be wise to help solidify the position to not only get the most out of CeeDee Lamb, but the entire offense. To do that, they really only have two options, sign a free agent WR or trade for one. There are intriguing options no matter which direction they decide to go.
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The Cowboys still have options through free agency if they want to try and improve the receiver position, but in all honesty, there’s a reason all of these players are still available. There are concerns with just about every WR listed above, whether it’s injury history, game decline, or age. Either way, a craft can achieve better results and production.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the talented young receivers currently buried in the depth chart with their respective teams that the Dallas Cowboys could potentially acquire via trade.
Commercial Candidates within the NFC East Division
After trading for AJ Brown and drafting DeVonta Smith over the past two years, the Eagles have pretty much revamped and improved their receiving corps, and because of that, WRs like Jalen Reagor and John Hightower are buried on the board. depths. While neither has yet made much of an impact in their professional careers, both could arguably help the Cowboys if acquired via trade.
Rumors swirled that two Giants receivers, Darius Slayton and Kadarius Toney, would be sent to teams looking for more WR help. As for the Cowboys, both players could potentially help their own WR position. Slayton is a deep threat much like James Washington was before his injury, while Toney is more of a gimmick player. Of the two, Darius Slayton probably makes the most sense.
After wisely locking in long-term Terry McLaurin and drafting Jahan Dotson this offseason, Washington has what’s shaping up to be a promising passing offense. With the WR battle behind them wide open, players like Dyami Brown, Curtis Samuel, Cam Sims and Kelvin Harmon could find themselves on the short side of the stick. Brown would be the ideal trade target for the Cowboys, but any of the others could also be interesting.
Out-of-division sales candidates
Denzel Mims, New York Jets
Mims is the Jets’ former 2020 second-round pick (59th overall). He played collegiately at Baylor and was someone the Cowboys showed interest in before the draft. He has an intriguing size (6’3″, 207) and speed (4.38), but he really struggled to make an impact in his first two years in the NFL. A change of scenery and a returning to Texas could be mutually beneficial for him and the Cowboys.At best, he’s WR4 on the depth chart behind Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson right now.
Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
Smith is arguably the most seasoned receiver on this list, but also currently finds himself buried on the depth chart as a Saints WR4 or WR5. He is a former New Orleans third-round pick in 2018 and is currently playing on a one-year contract. The 6’2″, 210-pound WR has averaged just over 30 receptions for about 400 receiving yards over the past two years, but if he had more opportunities, there are reason to believe that it could be more productive.
Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shenault is a name we’ve heard of someone who might be available through trade. He was Jacksonville’s second-round pick a few years ago, but he never quite became the point guard they envisioned when they selected him 42nd overall in 2020. Despite that, it’s someone the Cowboys have shown an interest in pre-draft and someone who could add some much-needed depth to the position. The 6’1”, 227-pound WR could benefit greatly from playing with CeeDee Lamb.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Meyers was the Patriots’ most targeted receiver in 2021, but despite that, he currently sits fourth in the depth chart behind DeVonte Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor and possibly even rookie WR Tyquan Thorton. The 6’2”, 200-pound WR is the best out of the slot, where he consistently creates separation with that exceptional footwork. He is currently playing on a one-year contract in New England and could be someone who can step in immediately to improve Dallas’ passing game.
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnson is unfortunately a victim of playing for a team that is absolutely stacked at wide receiver right now. With Mike Evans, Tyler Boyd, Russell Gage and Julio Jones currently ahead of him on the depth chart, he unfortunately finds himself in the roster bubble heading into the 2022 season. This could of course benefit a team like the Cowboys who need more help WR. In Johnson, they would add an intriguing positional type of WR who showed flashes of being a reliable target in the passing game.