Trade Possibilities - Offensive Line

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  1. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Hat tip goes to @IrishAnto

    My unbridled optimism here lately has invited the occasional reality check from fellow bloggers…as well it should…were I in my right mind, I’d give the man in the mirror quite the tongue-lashing! Trouble is, I’m rarely if ever in my right mind. I think I might be left-brained, because I left it somewhere a long time ago.

    Anywho, I have to admit, the offensive line is a concern. The Cowboys current options to replace Leary if La'el moves to Right Tackle never measured up to their draft billing (Jonathan Cooper). The option to replace Free, if La'el stays at Guard, has simply not been able to remain healthy (Chaz Green). Behind those two is even more uncertainty.

    Recently Stephen Jones hinted that once a portion of Romo’s salary falls off the cap, they may entertain some trade options. The first question that popped in my head was what position would they target? So, I went through the various positions from top to bottom and the following are the conclusions I came to:

    I don’t see them adding anyone to the defensive line until they find out exactly what they have in Taco and Tapper. DT is a slim possibility, as they already have Maliek Collins and an improvement at 1-tech would likely cost too much draft capital.

    I doubt they would add a linebacker if Jaylon is in fact ready to play. It wouldn’t make sense to trade for a guy who is most likely going to be a backup.

    The secondary is definitely off-limits, as the majority of their new additions via the Draft and Free Agency are there and I can’t see them making a move to add a progress-stopper.

    So, while defense is riddled with questions, I think the Cowboys will stand pat on that side of the ball.

    On offense, it’s pretty clear the Cowboys are set at WR, TE, RB and QB. Granted, you might not like Moore as a backup option but at the same time, Dak is not the same injury risk that Romo was, so I could certainly see them rolling into the season with what they have.

    That leaves offensive line. To determine potential options, I am looking at the teams that added offensive tackle talent high in the draft, where I believe a potential trade could develop.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Cam Robinson. They currently have Branden Albert (LT, 32) and Jermey Parnell (RT, 30) listed as their current starting Tackles. Cam, for the moment, is being listed at LT, but given Parnell’s history with the Cowboys, it is possible that they would move Cam or Albert to RT to compensate for Parnell’s loss and trade him to the Cowboys to whom he would likely have the most value.

    The Denver Broncos added Garrett Bolles. The Broncos will likely immediately slide Garrett Bolles into the starter position at LT considering that the Offensive Tackles of a year ago underperformed. Donald Stephenson (LT, 28) and Ty Sambrailo (RT, 25) are the current offensive tackles listed. However, last year the RT was Russell Okung who signed with the Los Angeles Chargers March 9, 2017. So, if the Broncos look to move someone it would most likely be Stephenson, who has largely underperformed in his role. The question is would moving him to RT on an offensive line that features 3 Pro Bowlers help his game? He could certainly be had on the cheap, in my opinion.

    Ryan Ramczyk went to the Saints. Zach Strief (RT, 33) and Terron Armstead (LT, 25) are the current tackles. Ryan will likely replace Zach, which could make him available. Forget about Terron…there is no way they are letting him walk. Behind Terron, however, is Khalif Barnes (LT, 35), who they could possibly dangle as trade bait, but I'd rather see what options come available following final cuts then giving up draft capital for someone who may very well be released during final cuts, if not sooner.

    I briefly took a look at the Guards taken in this year draft, and I could not find anyone behind them that I thought might be an improvement over what the Cowboys already have. But, to be fair, I didn't look very hard, because my ideal scenario involves La'el staying right where he is at Left Guard.

    So out of the above possibilities, I could certainly see Jermey Parnell making a return to Dallas…and with Free gone and a better chance at starting for a team like the Cowboys, I’m pretty sure that’s a return he would be eager to undertake. Furthermore, if I’m not mistaken, his cap hit for the Cowboys would be 6.5 and the guaranteed money has already been paid, so the move would be doable for the Jaguars.

    Anyone got any better ideas?
     
  2. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    I think Emmett Cleary was the 2nd best Tackle the Cowboys had last year !!! I think he should be given the chance to be the starting RT.
     
  3. stasheroo

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    I'm with you. I think Cleary can be a viable option.

    And I think Bell can be a fallback option at LG too if Cooper gets hurt or doesn't work out.

    I would consider there to be zero chance of any trade involving offensive linemen.
     
  4. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Cleary really looked good when he was in the lineup, too bad when Smith came back then did not put Cleary at RT.
     
  5. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    I should have pointed out that the best case scenario is the Cowboys already have someone in-house, but from what I've read there is still doubt. Everything the Cowboys do hinges on that ol so I hope you are right!
     
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  6. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Maybe our defense will pick up some more of the slack.


    Losing Leary was a huge loss.

    Losing Free is a good thing.
     
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  7. Bocephus

    Bocephus Active Member

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    Does anyone have clips of Cleary, this is all I've seen


     
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  8. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    I think we'll be fine at OL this season. We have 3 guys who could play LG - Collins, Cooper, Bell - and 4 guys who could play RT - Collins, Green, Cleary, Bell. We just need two guys to emerge as the starters and a few to prove they can be reliable backups.
     
  9. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Is Ryan Clady still unsigned?
     
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  10. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Google says he is still unsigned. I've heard the name, but I'm not all that familiar. Would he be an upgrade on what we already have? And if so, why haven't already signed him?
     
  11. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    I think we keep 9 guys on the OL.

    LT - Smith, Cleary
    LG - either Collins, Cooper or Cooper, Bell
    C - Frederick, Looney
    RG - Martin, Cooper
    RT - either Green, Bell or Collins, Green
     
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  12. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    In the early going, that might be alot to ask of defense that young overall. The Cowboys really need their offense to hit the ground running while the defense finds their feet.

    In an early post, I indicated this defense could be good by mid-season, but even that is asking alot, all things considered. There will be rookie mistakes...some of which will lose games if the Cowboys offense can't compensate for them.
     
  13. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Excellent response.

    To be honest, with all the conversation focused on Green and Cooper, I'd completely forgotten about Cleary. Hopefully, the Cowboys will exhaust all of their Tackle options before moving La'el there. He only has the one season under his belt; if they move him, it would be like another rookie year for him.
     
  14. ABQCOWBOY

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    Well, I think he's visited a few teams but he hasn't signed. I wonder if he's waiting for a better offer. Say, something in June?
     
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  15. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    I see what you did there...I suppose it's possible, but considering the above conversation I do wonder if the Cowboys would view him as an upgrade over what they already have.
     
  16. stasheroo

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    They continued to talk about "leadership" with Doug Free, rather than focusing on poor play. In my opinion, he did the team a favor retiring, taking the decision out of the hands of people who keep status quo far too long.

    As has been pointed out, I think they have plenty of options in house to more than adequately fill both spots.
     
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  17. stasheroo

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    I think it's 9 as well. If they're heathy (Green) and worthy, keep that many and count your blessings!
     
  18. LittleD

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    I sure wouldn't. He's been a good tackle but, he's getting hurt more often and wants starter money. Why would we entertain anything
    until Collins gets his chance to take the position. I would take Cooper with his baggage and just roll towards the season to see if
    we can sustain health. No need to spend money just to obtain past names or past glory.
     
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  19. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you. The sliver of trepidation I am currently entertaining is founded in the fact that everything the Cowboys do on both sides of the ball starts with the offensive line. If the Cowboys don't find a viable replacement for Guard or Tackle, this could be a very long year.
     
  20. chris1995

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    Free sucked
     
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