Trade-Minded Cowboys At The Brink With Taco Charlton

Mike Fisher
August 29, 2019 - 8:32 am
 Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton

© Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) - It was back during NFL Draft Weekend when we first wrote that NFL teams were interested in trading for Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton. A deal didn't happen, causing critics to scoff. And now? Cowboys COO Stephen Jones is telling the critics to wake up.

Dallas' final preseason game is tonight, here at AT&T Stadium against the visiting Bucs, and linemen-needy teams are keeping tabs on the Cowboys' offensive and defensive line depth.

"We do get calls on both offensive and defensive lines and we’ve made that a priority over the years, and it’s a strength of ours, and some teams are interested in it," Jones said.

Our report in this regard in April was all about defensive end Taco Charlton.

Our report this week, before Stephen's public comments, was all about Taco again. Oddly, Taco is in position to almost claim a starting defensive end spot here, as the former first-round pick from Michigan has experienced a fine preseason with two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery through three games. And yet ... sources tell me he's on the bubble in Dallas, not only because Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and captain Tyrone Crawford are the starters, but also because there is depth here and coming, with Robert Quinn ready after he serves a two-game suspension, with young vet newcomer Kerry Hyder ready to help, and with the coaching staff pleased with kids Dorance Armstrong and maybe even rookie Joe Jackson.

Maybe the time to sell a commodity is when the stock it at its highest? 

And if there are no buyers? I think an outright release of Taco might even be a consideration -- as I said on Thursday morning on 105.3 The Fan, about as close to a "hot-take prediction'' as you'll get out of me.

On the offensive side of the ball, though, I disagree with the notion that the Cowboys have bodies to spare. Are we sure insurance isn't needed behind sore-backed Tyron Smith and Zack Martin? Meanwhile, many are unaware rookie third-round pick Connor McGovern is not yet healthy. I think he might even start the year on IR. I suppose there might be calls for, say, Xavier Su'a-Filo. In theory, you could take a late-round pick for him and let Joe Looney serve as the backup center and swing guard. But do you need a seventh-round pick more than you need a capable vet?

Dallas also has fine depth at cornerback, linebacker and wide receiver, and some of the trade-worthy candidates will be on display tonight. But I've pinpointed Taco Charlton now twice ... both times for a reason.

"I think there’s a possibility for sure that we could move somebody," said Jones.