It hasn’t even been a week since Allen Hurns joined the Dallas Cowboys yet his presence has inspired many new questions and concerns.
Among the most pressing matters that needs to be discussed is who the odd man out is in the Dallas Cowboys receivers group post-Hurns. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, and Noah Brown are the holdovers from last year’s 53-man roster, somebody has got to go in all likelihood.
When you bring this subject up among Cowboys fans their first answer is Terrance Williams. Sure there are those that want to part with Dez Bryant, but we all agree that given the financials surrounding the receiver position this offseason that it’s unlikely.
Terrance makes the most sense. He’s the team’s WR2 and that’s the job Allen Hurns is taking. It should be as simple as just swapping them out like Indiana Jones and the idol, right?
Now, in the latest episode of the Around The NFL podcast dropped on Tuesday (listen here), recorded from the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, it’s brought up again. NFL insider Ian Rapoport was a guest, and the subject of Hurns coming in as well as who could hypothetically be going out was discussed (the discussion starts right around the 22-minute mark).
Chris Wesseling: Who gets benched? Where does he play? I just don’t see the fit.
Gregg Rosenthal: Terrance Williams?
Ian Rapoport: No. His salary’s guaranteed. My guess is Cole Beasley ends up being the odd man out there... I’d be curious if they talked about possibly dealing him around draft time. I feel like that would be a sort of buzzy name where they drafted his replacement probably, make some money, slot guy, I could see that being discussed.
What’s perhaps the most particularly interesting thing is that Ian infers that not only could the Cowboys trade Cole Beasley around the draft, but that they could have theoretically drafted his replacement in the same process of it all. For what it’s worth, Dallas was working closely with Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk and has him scheduled to visit.
Christian Kirk went though a pretty lengthy special teams workout with Cowboys special teams coordinator Keith O’Quinn. The two of them had a lengthy chat walking off the field when it was over. #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) March 27, 2018
It wouldn’t be the first time, in this hypothetical, that the Cowboys reportedly tried to shop one of their own during the draft. Just last year they were looking to move Orlando Scandrick (which they later denied). One year later though, Orlando is a Washington Redskin.
Unlike Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley is entering the final year of his contract. The Cowboys could be trying to get out a year ahead since it’s unlikely they’ll re-sign Beasley in 2019 anyways. With a $4.25M cap hit this season, it’s not illogical to assume an NFL team would rent him for the season at that price.
While Christian Kirk would certainly be a player that could fill the slot in Dallas admirably, they could always go a different route (no pun intended) with Alabama’s Calvin Ridley. Jason Garrett and his contingents are headed to Tuscaloosa for a workout and history shows that this means a player from that school is getting a star on his hat. Could it be Calvin?
If this were to all come to fruition the Cowboys would have a receiver group that would at the very least be very interesting:
- Dez Bryant
- Allen Hurns
- [insert rookie here]
- Terrance Williams
- Ryan Switzer
- Deonte Thompson
What do you think, BTB?