Over the course of the next few days NFL teams are going to be looking to re-shape their rosters by way of the NFL Draft. That’s what happens during the draft. Duh.
There are other avenues to acquire talent, though. Just two days before the draft began the Kansas City Chiefs flipped their first-rounder for Frank Clark (we had some Cowboys-related takeaways). That was their first pick that they parted with, but they feel like they got better.
We saw the Cowboys get a little bit trade happy during the draft a year ago, too. They traded away Ryan Switzer and traded for Tavon Austin. Those weren’t exactly blockbuster deals but they were significant especially given that Switzer was just a second-year player. According to some of the folks at 105.3 The Fan it could be possible that the Cowboys get calls of interest regarding Taco Charlton this weekend, too.
It’s quite possible that the Cowboys could be looking to trade throughout the 2019 Draft. They only have six selections as of now and it never hurts to try and acquire more. If they were going to get something though that means they would also have to give up something. What could they give up?
Obviously the Cowboys, or any NFL team for that matter, aren’t going to give away anything that they seriously value. The reality though is that every team has players who they are willing to part with. Just look at Switzer last year for example.
Ryan Switzer was drafted in the fourth round back in 2017. The first-round selection that year was Taco Charlton, ask any Cowboys fan and they’ll tell you that things haven’t exactly gone well for him since then.
Taco is a defensive end entering just his third season and there are still legitimate reasons to believe that he can put together a fine NFL career. Obviously there are reasons to be concerned and perhaps the Cowboys are considering them. Perhaps they’re considering reasons for other players. We’ve heard talks of Jourdan Lewis being shopped before, coincidentally also drafted in 2017, Dallas wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t turn over every stone to try and better their team.
Our own Danny Phantom recently wrote about the reasons why Dallas should indeed look to deal away Charlton before the draft. He makes a compelling case.
It’s unsettling to think that Charkton is a sunk cost to where the right move is to just pull the plug on him, but not all of the Cowboys first-round picks are going to be winners. The blow is lessened when you consider the team’s defensive end position group is stronger than it’s been in a long time. The Cowboys have to put on their forward face and are thinking about what’s best from this point on. If they could find a team who still sees upside in Charlton, maybe they could swing a deal. The Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccanners, New Orleans Saints, and Pittsburgh Steelers all had scheduled visits with Charlton before the 2017 draft; would any of those teams still have an interest?
Charlton would not provide much in return, but his low cap cost over the next two years means teams aren’t risking much. He also comes with a fifth-year option that can be exercised next offseason should he flash some type of potential. All the Cowboys could get in exchange for him would be a Day 3 pick, but what if they could squeeze out a late fourth-rounder? Wouldn’t there be players in that range that you’d rather have versus having Charlton way down there on the depth chart?
You never want to just give away depth on your team, but right now that’s all that Taco is. The suspension to Randy Gregory hurts the team’s overall defensive end group but it was also bolstered by the Robert Quinn trade. At best, with Randy off the field that is, Taco is the team’s fourth-best pass rusher, with Randy back in the fold he’s fifth. Just because he’s a former first-rounder shouldn’t make you hold on to him forever.
We’ve also heard talks of Taco having a bit of an attitude issue before. He’s quick to voice his displeasures with fans on social media and recently even took issue with the rules of what constituted being a member of the Hot Boyz. He then got into a Twitter debate over it all. Seriously. That happened.
Unsurprisingly, Taco also took to Twitter to subtweet the original tweet from Jeff Cavanaugh about him potentially being on the move this week.
Looks like this will be an interesting weekend— Taco Charlton (@TheSupremeTaco) April 24, 2019
Maybe it’s time for the Cowboys to move on from Taco Charlton, maybe it’s time for them to move on from any number of their players. This weekend is one way to do it, especially if they can get what they feel is just compensation in return.
What do you think?
What would you want in return for Taco?
This poll is closed
3rd round pick, nothing less
4th or 5th
I wouldn’t trade him, it’s too early