Cowboys Making Big Mistake Ahead of Trade Deadline

Max Staley
The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly unwilling to move Michael Gallup at the Trade Deadline.
The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly unwilling to move Michael Gallup at the Trade Deadline. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly unwilling to move Michael Gallup at the NFL Trade Deadline. It's a puzzling decision. Jerry Jones has already parted ways with big-name talent like Dontari Poe, Everson Griffen and Daryl Worley as the team comes to terms with the fact that its not a contender without a healthy Dak Prescott at the helm.

Given how much work Dallas has to do on the roster, particularly on defense, the Cowboys could be making a huge mistake by opting to keep Gallup out of trade talks.

To be clear, this is not an indictment of Gallup. Far from it. The third-year wideout is very good with the potential to be great. But at this point it seems unrealistic to consider him a part of the team's long-term plan. He'd also likely fetch the biggest return of any realistic Cowboys' trade candidate.

Dallas has already shelled out deals worth more than $90 million to skill-position players in Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott. Of course, Jerry will also likely have to pay top dollar for Prescott this offseason.

Factor in big-money deals to other stars like DeMarcus Lawrence ($25 million cap hit in 2021), Zach Martin ($17 million) and Tyron Smith ($14 million), just to name a few, and it's difficult to see where Dallas could find the money to meet Gallup's asking price when he's eligible for an extension.

Rather than risk losing him for nothing more than a potential compensatory pick down the road, Dallas should move their best trade asset to restock the cupboard. It's not like losing Gallup would hurt the WR corps much, as the team has a ready-made replacement in burgeoning star CeeDee Lamb.

Besides, loading up an already-great offense shouldn't be the priority – that should be rebuilding the defense.

The Cowboys are surrendering a league-worst 34.7 points per game (PPG). That's not just bad, it's historically bad. Mike Nolan's defense is on pace to be the worst scoring defense the league has seen since the winless 2008 Detroit Lions surrendered 32.3 PPG. It doesn't matter how good their offense is – Dallas won't be a legitimate contender until that is fixed.

At 2-5 this is already a lost season. But the Cowboys' hesitance to move their best trade asset could be putting their future in jeopardy as well.

The logical move would be to trade Gallup to a contender and recoup some draft capital to rebuild this defense. It could be a long, arduous process regardless, but it gets that much harder if the Cowboys refuse to make any concessions on offense.

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