On Wednesday a star defensive player for the Seattle Seahawks was traded to an NFC East team.
While many thought that this sentence would one day mean Earl Thomas to Dallas (it very well could), what it did mean was Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Howie Roseman has shown that he has no intentions of slowing down his roster-building ways this offseason, and he now has a new pass rusher to show for it. Michael Bennett may be older, but he’s still talented. What’s more, his only sack in December of last season is one that we all remember painfully.
When Dallas was trailing by nine against Seattle on Christmas Eve, Bennett bounced outside off of Jonathan Cooper and ran around Byron Bell before he got home on Dak Prescott. So much sigh.
Jonathan Cooper started 13 games at left guard for the Cowboys last season, but he’s set to be a free agent and is coming off of an injury to his left knee. He could be back in Dallas, but that wouldn’t exactly make people feel swell about the state of the position.
As it stands, left guard is already a gaping hole for the Cowboys entering the roster-building portion of the offseason. Many people think they could draft Isaiah Wynn or Will Hernandez to help fill that void, but of course that’s all dependent on how the draft falls.
Not to overreact to the Eagles trading for Michael Bennett or anything, but the old adage is that you build your team to win your division. Dallas is staring up at Philadelphia within the NFC East as it is, and now considering they have a player in Michael Bennett that’s going to present even more problems twice a year, it does make you think a little.
You could have made the argument that left guard was the biggest priority for the Cowboys on Wednesday morning before the trade, but in the fallout of it that idea is ramping up. For what it’s worth the mothership’s Bryan Broaddus doesn’t think it will influence any sort of prioritization.
Philadelphia isn’t the only stout defensive line Dallas will see twice, the New York Giants aren’t exactly shy of pass rushers either. It’s not like the Cowboys don’t have a great offensive line or anything, but a hole is a hole, and left guard fits that description.
What say you, BTB? Do you feel the need to scratch the left guard itch more than before?