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‘Bold’ trade proposal sees Cowboys trade star players to NFC Rival

By on September 3, 2022 0


The Cowboys could be the perfect landing spot for LB Roquan Smith.

The Dallas Cowboys could be a landing spot for one of the league’s best linebackers.

According to a list of “bold trade predictions” by Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report, the Cowboys would receive Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith in exchange for tight end Dalton Schultz or a 2023 second-round pick.

Sobleski explains that the Cowboys aren’t necessarily in a position to acquire another long-term contract investment. However, Dallas’ penchant for prioritizing linebackers could see them make a move for All-Pro linebacker twice.

“The Dallas Cowboys aren’t necessarily in a position to add another major contract due to their long-term investments in several key positions, but they are one of the few teams that strongly values ​​the linebacker position,” he said. Sobleski said. “Smith and Micah Parsons could be a devastating duo.”

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Why the Cowboys would consider returning Schultz

Schultz’s current contract situation could tempt the Cowboys to turn him over before he becomes a free agent. The Dallas starting tight end is currently playing under the franchise tag after talks on a multi-year deal deteriorated.

The 26-year-old tight end is expected to earn an estimated $10.931 million this season under the franchise tag. If the Cowboys choose to franchise the Schultz tag again in 2023, that tag will cost $13.117 million, as noted by CBS Sports’ Patrik Walker.

Instead of flipping the capital draft in exchange for Smith, the Cowboys could simply trade Schultz for Smith. Sobleski says the Bears could rely heavily on the 12-man roster with current starting tight end Cole Kmet and Schultz.

“Maybe the Bears and Cowboys would just consider knocking down Smith and Dalton Schultz,” Sobleski said. “Chicago needs more guns and the tandem of Schultz and Cole Kmet could be quite effective on 12 people.”

Why the Cowboys would consider acquiring Smith

Considering Smith is one of the best middle linebackers in the league, the Cowboys could be one of the best young defensive cores with Smith, fellow linebacker Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs. All three defensive players are under 25. They could also finally move on from Leighton Vander Esch, who has yet to regain his form since his remarkable rookie campaign in 2018.

Smith has already held firm during training camp in hopes of signing another contract extension. However, Smith and the Bears enter the 2022 season as if it never happened. Smith plans to play despite lacking a new contract extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

“I’m not focused on [extension talks]if I’m being completely honest,” Smith said via the Chicago Sun-Times“Patrick Finley. “My goal is to make this the best year it can be and then go from there. I don’t want to look too far ahead or anything like that.

The fifth-year linebacker is expected to earn $9.7 million this season. According to Spotrac, its market value is around $88.5 million over five seasons ($17.6 million per year). For perspective, the Cowboys are only paying two players more this season.

Although the deal looks better for the Cowboys on paper, it just wouldn’t make sense for Dallas to make such a trade. The Cowboys are already running out of proven weapons for Dak Prescott after the offseason departures of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson. James Washington’s Jones fracture and Michael Gallup’s recovery from an ACL injury make matters even more concerning.

There’s no guarantee Schultz will be a Cowboy after the 2022 season. However, outside of CeeDee Lamb, he’s Dallas’ most valuable receiving weapon. There’s no way the Cowboys will consider making this trade in 2022.