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3 Players the Cowboys Could Trade to Make Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Three players the Dallas Cowboys could trade to make the NFL playoffs, including Michael Gallup.
Three players the Dallas Cowboys could trade to make the NFL playoffs, including Michael Gallup. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Coming off a brutal blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, the Dallas Cowboys (2-4) remain a half game up on the Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1) for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys still have a real shot to make the playoffs, and it would benefit them to be buyers at the trade deadline.

Of course, acquiring players also means trading players away. The Cowboys may need to cut some ties if they want to improve their overall roster. With that in mind, here are three players the Cowboys could trade to make the NFL Playoffs.

1. Jourdan Lewis

Lewis is a player that has seen his time out on the field vary from season to season ever since he was drafted in 2017. Lewis' style of play and overall physical attributes do not play as well in the Cowboys' defensive scheme as they could elsewhere, and that could allow the Cowboys to trade him at the deadline. Lewis presents potential to be an every down cornerback as he has had over 50 tackles in two of the past three seasons and has had at least one interception in each season he has played. If the Cowboys don't see Lewis as their starting cornerback of the future, trading him for some value in return now is better than just waiting to see what happens.

2. Michael Gallup

The Cowboys have more depth at wide receiver than they do at any position other position. With the emergence of first-round pick CeeDee Lamb and players such as Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown stepping up, trading Gallup may not have much of a negative impact on this offense. Gallup would be a No. 1 receiver on a number of NFL teams and if the Cowboys could get that kind of value in return, they would be smart to pull the trigger on a deal. The Cowboys have dire needs to address in the defensive secondary, and Gallup could be exchanged for a player to give them a huge upgrade on that front.

3. Tyrone Crawford

Crawford is a veteran defensive lineman that has been with the Cowboys ever since they drafted him back in 2012. However, he has found himself starting games on the bench as he gives way to some younger players this season. The Cowboys have a crowded defensive line room and trading Crawford to a contending team looking for immediate help should be something the team looks into doing. Crawford had 12 quarterback hits in both the 2017 and '18 season and has proven he still has what it takes to get into the opponent's backfield. If the Cowboys want to acquire some help at other defensive positions, trading Crawford is definitely one way they could do just that.

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