The other day we played a game of cut, keep, trade on the defensive side of the football and there were some interesting names thrown in for these categories. So this time around we are going to do the same thing on the offensive side of the football. Many of you are thinking that the offense is set and they shouldn’t have too much turnover from the last season, well think again. The Dallas Cowboys did bring in offensive talent in free agency as well as in the draft, plus undrafted rookies.
If you are wondering who we can find on the offensive side of the football that we can play this game with, here are three. The reason these three come to mind is for a few reasons, they had a poor 2020 season, the Cowboys are looking to get younger at the position, or the players just aren’t giving them enough to justify holding on to them any longer. So with that being said let’s play another game of cut, keep, or trade.
Jeremy Sprinkle - Cut
This just seems like a situation where an established player whose main talent so far at the NFL level has been his blocking ability will be battling younger players who may offer more upside. Sprinkle is a durable tight end but since coming into the league in 2017 he hasn’t been able to show he can be a reliable threat in the passing game. So far he’s had 34 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns, with the majority of his yards and catches coming in 2019 when he was able to start. For the Cowboys this should be a simple evaluation, can he make plays down the field, or do we have a younger and much better receiving threat we can use instead of Sprinkle. If that’s the case then the Cowboys can cut bait and not really take a hit for it thanks to his one-year deal. The cap hit would be $137,500, while they would be saving $850,000. So this is the cut candidate.
Connor Williams - Keep
For all of the bashing that Williams receives from the media and fans, he was the most reliable offensive lineman the Cowboys has last season as he was able to play every game. That doesn’t sugarcoat the fact when the entire offensive line is healthy he can be an easy target for some defenses to exploit. Lucky for Williams he has the most experience out of the guards outside of Zack Martin on this roster, so the left guard position is his to lose and that will only happen if he has a poor showing in camp. The Cowboys are making sure they are covered and have a competition by bringing in rookie draft pick Matt Farniok and keeping Connor McGovern. Those two will most likely end up battling each other for a spot on the roster. So this is the keep candidate.
Cedrick Wilson - Trade
There has been much speculation about the Cowboys possibly trading receiver Michael Gallup in an effort to get more defensive help. That might not be the case as the Cowboys, with Gallup on the roster, have one of the most dangerous receiving groups in the entire NFL. Gallup brings too much to the offense so the Cowboys will not make that move and instead will look to move another receiver who, when given a chance, has shown flashes on the field and in the return game. Wilson was able to put some nice film together last season for teams to take a look at; a team could take a chance on him in a player-for-player trade or a late-round draft pick. The addition of fifth-round pick Simi Fehoko makes the Cowboys decision an easy one, move a player you may not have future plans for to give the rookie more chances on the field. So this is the trade candidate.
Playing cut, keep, trade with the Cowboys offense is a bit more difficult thanks to the talent they’ve acquired, but who would your candidates be?