It’s been widely debated about whether the Dallas Cowboys should have placed a first- or second-round tender on David Irving, but that mystery was removed on Wednesday when the team opted for the second-rounder. With the Cowboys unable to commit long-term to Irving, they have now dangled the carrot in front of potential suitors who could be interested in his services. Now, the wait begins.
For a team to successfully land Irving, three things would have to happen:
- They’d need to make a sizable offer that Irving would be willing to accept.
- They’d have to hope it’s high enough that the Cowboys would refuse to match it.
- They’d have to surrender their second-round pick.
That’s a lot of things that have to happen for Irving to change teams in 2018.
Well, something interesting happened over the weekend that could shake things up a bit as it pertains to Irving. The New York Jets, in an attempt to move up in the draft to get a quarterback, traded away two second-round picks this year (37 and 49) and their second-rounder in 2019 to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts now have a lot of chips to play with in April.
Indianapolis now has picks 36, 37, and 49 in the second-round of the draft. They certainly have plenty of draft capital and can afford surrendering a second-round pick to Dallas should they be able to sign Irving.
You know what else they have? Cap space.
Colts have like 72.7 Million in cap Space... and haven’t done a thing— Jeff Bartrom (@DocCupCake84) March 13, 2018
If there is a team that is in the position to offer a lucrative deal to Irving, the Colts would be at the top of the list.
But wait, there’s more. The Colts now have former Cowboys linebacker coach Matt Eberflus coaching as their new defensive coordinator. Many thought he would be responsible for luring Anthony Hitchens to Indianapolis, but it was the Kansas City Chiefs who ultimately threw a bunch of money his way. Hitchens may not be a player that was worth that kind of cash, but Irving could be a different story. Eberflus is going to know all about the warts that Irving has just like the Cowboys coaching staff does, but he’s also had a front row seat to his awesome displays of disruption on the field. If Eberflus sees what a lot of us fans see, he could make a big sell to the Colts organization to make a real push for his services.
I’ll bet you a nickel that the Colts and Eberflus are coming for David Irving.— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) March 17, 2018
When the Colts were sitting with the third overall pick in the draft, many people were projecting they would take the draft’s best pass rushing prospect, Bradley Chubb from N.C. State. It might have been a slight reach at that spot, but the Colts desperately need pass rush help. Now picking at six, it’s possible they lose out on Chubb if he doesn’t last that long. But even if they get him, they could take another huge step in rebuilding their defensive line by acquiring Irving as well.
For the Cowboys, should they not match Irving’s offer sheet - they would receive compensation in the form of the Colts pick at 36. What could the Cowboys do with that pick? That’s some huge draft capital and it would allow them to do an assortment of things. They could move into the top 10 and get Derwin James. Or maybe they can package it with one of their fourth-round picks and move back into the first round to get a player that is falling on Day 1. Players like Will Hernandez, Isaiah Wynn, or maybe even D.J. Moore could be great targets for the Cowboys late in the first round. We’ve been debating over several players we’d love to see Dallas get at pick 19. What if the team was able to get a couple of those targets?
Calvin Ridley and Will Hernandez - how does that sound?
Vita Vea and D.J. Moore - how do you like those apples?
Getting a couple of the best prospects in college on a cheap contract for four years (or five) has to lessen the pain of losing a player like David Irving. Who is to say that the Cowboys would be able to afford Irving anyway when he would become a free agent next season? Who is to say that Irving can put things together and play more consistently? There are still a lot of questions unanswered with Irving and the Cowboys may prefer to put their eggs in a different basket.
Would you be willing to give up Irving for the 36th overall pick in the draft?