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Someone Floated a Crazy Trade Involving Sam Darnold and the Cowboys

Jason Schandl
The Dallas Cowboys could possibly in the market for a new QB, and Sam Darnold might be the answer.
The Dallas Cowboys could possibly in the market for a new QB, and Sam Darnold might be the answer. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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It's time for the Dallas Cowboys to make drastic moves. It became clear on Monday night that Andy Dalton is not the short-term answer at quarterback while Dak Prescott is out. Usually at 2-4, a short-term answer wouldn't be too important.

But right now, 2-4 is good for first place in the NFC East, meaning the Cowboys are still firmly in the playoff hunt. That means they're going to want to find an answer at QB.

One expert on Twitter floated the idea of making a deal for New York Jets QB Sam Darnold.

Reports surfaced earlier this season that the Jets aren't expected to be able to get a first-round pick back for Darnold, so Dallas could have a chance to add him for relatively cheap.

Darnold has struggled mightily in his young NFL career, averaging 6.1 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A). Dalton, though, averaged a career-worst 6.0 in the 2019 season, and he was abysmal in his first start for the Cowboys.

Darnold has never had much talent around him, and joining a loaded Cowboys offense would put him in the perfect spot to realize his potential.

Making the situation even more appealing for Dallas, if Darnold were to lead them to the playoffs, his trade value would probably improve and they might even be able to get a first-round pick back in exchange if they wanted to ship him off when Prescott is healthy again.

Whether Cowboys fans think Darnold is the answer or not, Dallas clearly needs to make a move soon.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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