There’s no way of really knowing how much, if any, trading the Dallas Cowboys will be doing prior to the NFL trade deadline on November 2. They know they have a talented team from top to bottom, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few concern areas they couldn’t stand to find upgrades. All we can do right now is sit back and watch things unfold.
Today, we will take a look at a few positions the Dallas Cowboys could possibly be looking to upgrade via trade and some of the players they could be targeting. All of this is, of course, all speculation, however, it is based on the Cowboys current roster needs and players who could be available.
Center - Nick Martin, Las Vegas Raiders
For the most part, the Cowboys are an excellent shape depth-wise on the offensive side of the ball. The only real concern moving forward though might be Tyler Biadasz and the nonexistent depth behind him at the center position. To fix this concern, the Cowboys would be wise to find a backup who could possibly push Biadasz for the starting job.
Zack Martin’s younger brother, Nick Martin, could be someone they pick up the phone to inquiry about. He is a six-year veteran with 62 career starts under his belt. He is currently playing a backup role on a one-year contract with the Raiders. He could take over for Biadasz if need be or provide much-needed depth at all three interior positions.
Cornerback - Kyle Fuller, Denver Broncos
After Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers nearly everybody was wanting to replace Anthony Brown as the Cowboys CB2. Since then, though, No. 30 has played much better and quieted that noise quite bit. But, that doesn’t mean Jerry Jones and Company isn’t on the lookout for an upgrade if one can be acquired before the trade deadline November 2.
Kyle Fuller could be that guy. He signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos this offseason and although that was viewed as a great signing at the time, it’s looking like less of one now. He hasn’t played well this year and was recently benched. A change in venue could help him regain his Pro Bowl swagger and Dallas could be the best place for him to do that.
Nose Tackle - Malcom Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars
On the surface, the Cowboys don’t need to make any immediate moves to upgrade their defensive front. Osa Odighiwuza has been outstanding as a rookie and the rest of the group has been pretty solid. And, they could be getting back Neville Gallimore and Trysten Hill in the not-too-distant future. But, finding a better true nose tackle could be something they might be looking into to help improve their run defense.
Malcom Brown is playing under a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being a salary-cap casualty by the New Orleans Saints this offseason. The New England Patriots former first-rounder would be a great fit in the middle of the Cowboys defensive line. He’d not only upgrade their run defense, but also add a little more juice from the interior of the DL as a pass rusher as well.
Free Safety - Justin Reid, Houston Texans
Because of Damontae Kazee’s recent arrest for driving under the influence, the Dallas Cowboys may be looking for more depth and a potential upgrade at the free safety position for the future. No one can predict how the league handles these matters, especially when it comes to Cowboys players. That unfortunately puts Kazee’s availability in question moving forward.
The 24-year-old Justin Reid is a four-year starter with a versatile skill set to play both safety positions and in the slot. He has one year left on his contract and although the Texans would love to re-sign him, he could just as easily walk in the offseason. He’d be an excellent fit on the back end of the Cowboys secondary, even if it’s just for the remainder of the season.