Dallas had reportedly been working the phones to try and trade Taco before releasing him. The reason that the Cowboys were up against a wall was that they had to have defensive end Robert Quinn (who’s returning from suspension) on the active roster by 4 pm ET on Wednesday. That was the spot Charlton was occupying so when time ran out, time ran out.
Obviously it would have been preferable to trade him and get something in return instead of releasing him outright. A week ago the mothership’s Bryan Broaddus reported that there was a team that Dallas was talking to about Taco, but we didn’t know who it was. This Wednesday we found out. It was the Houston Texans.
Who could Dallas have been targeting from the Texans?
Broaddus notes when announcing that it was the Texans that Dallas had their eyes on a particular Houston player. Who could that have been?
Looking at the state of the Cowboys roster it makes sense that they would want a safety of some kind, although a week ago they didn’t know that Xavier Woods was going to get hurt (by the way Broaddus also mentions that Woods did not look all too hobbled on Wednesday and that he could be back much sooner rather than later!).
Still though safety makes sense. Here are the safeties on the Texans roster currently:
- Jahleel Addae
- Tashaun Gipson, Sr.
- A.J. Moore
- Justin Reid
Reid is someone who people linked to the Cowboys a year ago but obviously things didn’t fully materialize there. It’s possible that Dallas was considering a trade involving a draft pick in addition to Charlton given who Taco and Reid are as NFL players at the moment.
Which Texan do you think the Cowboys wanted?