3 best trade targets for the Cowboys to round out their 2022 roster
The Dallas Cowboys are wrapping up an incredibly important offseason. They were eliminated in the Divisional Round in 2021, showing that they’re a couple of pieces away from real contention. However, the front office didn’t do much to acquire those pieces during the offseason. Free agency was largely unsuccessful, and Dallas’s draft wasn’t much better. The Cowboys have plenty of roster holes to address before the season comes around because of how poorly their offseason went. A wide receiver, inside linebacker, and defensive end should all be improved before Week 1 finally comes.
With that said, here are three potential trade targets for the Cowboys to complete their 2022 roster.
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Cowboys Trade Targets To Complete 2022 Roster
3. Andy Isabella
Acquiring Andy Isabella would help solve the huge lack of depth the Cowboys have at wide receiver. CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and James Washington are all entrenched starters, but there’s almost nothing good behind them. Jalen Tolbert, a third-round rookie, is the best backup they have. Noah Brown and Simi Fehoko are next, and they’ve done absolutely nothing to warrant confidence. It’s clear that the Cowboys need more guys in the wide receiver room in order to ensure they have the answer at one of the most important positions on the field.
Isabella is yet to have a big statistical impact, but that isn’t due to a lack of skill. He’s been buried on the Arizona Cardinals depth chart behind names like DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, and Christian Kirk. Isabella has top-end speed and great twitch, two qualities the Dallas receiving room is currently lacking. Because of his lack of statistical production, the Cardinals would likely be willing to part ways with Isabella for a relatively low price.
2. Sione Takitaki
At first glance, it doesn’t look like the Cowboys need any help at inside linebacker. It was one of the best positions on their roster a couple of years ago, but so much has changed since then. Dallas is set to start Leighton Vander Esch and Micah Parsons at the position, but that’s not how things will likely play out. Parsons will likely play a ton of snaps at defensive end, leaving former fourth-round pick Jabril Cox to fill the position. Cox is better served as a primary special teamer at this point in his career, so the Cowboys should be looking for someone to start at the position.
That’s where Takitaki comes in. He’s a fourth-year player who has taken significant snaps for the Cleveland Browns as both a starter and a backup. While he struggles in pass coverage, Takitaki has played well against the run throughout his career. However, there’s very little opportunity for him to get on the field in Cleveland. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Anthony Walker have the starting spots locked up, and Jacob Phillips is the first guy off the bench. The Browns should be willing to part with Takitaki for a late-round pick. The Cowboys would likely jump on the opportunity to add a starter for that price.
1. Stephen Weatherly
This trade would make a ton of sense for the Cowboys. They completely failed to address the defensive end position during the offseason, as their only solution at the position was to sign Dante Fowler. Fowler is coming off of a couple of awful years with the Atlanta Falcons, and there’s no reason to think improvement is on the horizon. Micah Parsons will play a big role at the position, but it would still be beneficial to add another player there.
Weatherly, another Cleveland Brown, would be a perfect fit. He’s a solid end that excels in run defense. He could rotate out with Parsons on pass-rushing downs while providing solid run defense when he plays. Weatherly is also currently on a loaded Browns depth chart, so acquiring him shouldn’t be that difficult. He’s likely the third defensive end off the bench, so a mid-round pick could get this deal done.