If the Cowboys are interested in trading up from 27 to grab a guy like Dez Bryant, they would need a little more ammunition. Now, they could trade one of their high 2011 picks to get a pick or two more to add to their current total of six. But that might not be as intriguing from a value perspective.
They could also trade some veterans for picks or combine picks and vets to leapfrog a team they think will take their guy. According to Jerry Jones, some teams have already called inquiring about acquiring a Cowboy or two.
[Jones] acknowledged that he's already fielded some phone calls from teams interested in players currently on the Cowboys' roster. He declined to mention which specific players teams had inquired about, but Martellus Bennett and Marcus Spears are pretty good guesses.
Michael Lombardi reports that the following players are on the Cowboys' trade block.
The Cowboys would part with defensive end Marcus Spears, linebacker Bobby Carpenter, wide receiver Sam Hurd, safety Pat Watkins and lineman Cory Procter for the right price. All of them are being shopped around the league.
More VRR after the jump.
Some of the trade reports surfaced from this CBSSports blog.
According to sources throughout the league, the St. Louis Rams (owners of the first pick), Seattle Seahawks (6, 14) Cleveland Browns (7), Denver Broncos (11), Miami Dolphins (12), New England Patriots (22), Philadelphia Eagles (24) and Dallas Cowboys (27) are all actively exploring trade opportunities.
Dallas is also exploring aggressive trade-up options. Owner Jerry Jones loves Dez Bryant and will consider moving into the late teens should the Oklahoma State receiver fall to that point.
JJT profiles Dez Bryant--on and off the field.
This quote by Stephen Jones seems to suggest that a Nate Allen or Morgan Burnett may not be the choice at 27.
"If the right pick's not there," Jones said, "we're certainly not going to push a safety up the board."
"I know we want to sign them to long term contracts," Jones said before a speaking engagement for the SMU Athletic Forum. "Let's be real clear about that. Both of them are long-term players in my mind with the Cowboys other than that I wouldn’t give you a status report I wouldn’t."
And again from the blackened heart of Mordor, Mount Doom grumbles...
You've heard that the Eagles acquired LB Ernie Sims from the Lions in a three-team trade, right? He's a pretty good player and all, but the Eagles had better hope he's been working on his cover skills.
Hopefully the Eagles do not look at the film the last time Sims had at least some responsibility on Witten. It came in 2007 at Ford Field with Sims a starter for the Lions. All Witten did was catch 15 passes for 138 yards, at the time career highs, and bring down the game-winning touchdown pass with 18 seconds to play in the Cowboys' NFC East-clinching win against the Lions.
McNabb and T.O. together again as Redskins? I'd be down to see how that shakes out.
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