Rumors pointed to a trade between the Cowboys and the Jets for an offensive tackle

Rumors pointed to a trade between the Cowboys and the Jets for an offensive tackle

With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, the offensive tackle position is a big concern around the Cowboys. After Tyron Smith was injured due to injury and Josh Ball’s poor performance during the pre-season, the team is considering different alternatives to strengthen this position. And although the management has expressed that the solution “is in the list”, an incorporation is not excluded.

For this reason, a day before the final cuts in the NFL, a rumor circulated about a possible trade that would interest the cowboy team. But this rumor did not last long.

On Monday afternoon, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reported league sources that the Cowboys were attempting a trade with the Jets. The purpose of the exchange? Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga came to New York as a third-round pick in the 2019 draft.

Of course, this rumor caused a stir among both fans. Even David Howman from Blogging The Boys pointed out that the exchange in theory would be difficult to agree. This, apparently, because the relationship between Joe Douglas (General Manager of the Jets) and Stephen Jones (Executive Vice President of the Cowboys) is not very good.

However, this rumor did not last long. A little less than an hour after his first report, Aaron Wilson signaled that the Cowboys-Jets trade would not go through. This, again, according to sources in the league.

While the Cowboys may have gone with Chuma Edoga as a bottom piece, he doesn’t seem like a compelling option. In three years with the Jets, the offensive tackle played only 24 games, including 12 as a starter. However, his performance was not entirely good. To this is added that, in said matches, he committed three offenses for holding the rival and six others for false starts.

Although not to the liking of Jets fans, Edoga is coming off a positive pre-season with the New York team. Plus, another positive is that he has more NFL experience than Dallas’ other depth options at tackle. And while the trade didn’t materialize, it’s not out of the question that Edoga will be cut and the Cowboys will incorporate him. Therefore, it will remain to wait for what happens this Tuesday.

Who will be the starting left tackle after Tyron Smith exits?

Even if the Cowboys consider adding an outside player for the tackle position, it would be for backup or to add depth to the position. In fact, the Cowboys front office has already clarified that Tyler Smith will be the starting left tackle at the start of the season. This was stated by Stephen Jones on Monday, and Jerry Jones reaffirmed it on Tuesday morning.

Of course, this raises some concerns. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy indicated last week that Tyler Smith was aiming to start the season as a left guard behind Connor McGovern. However, Tyron Smith’s injury changed those plans, prompting the Cowboys to fast-track their plan to use Tyler as the veteran lineman’s future successor.

Even if Dallas chooses to go ahead with this plan, Tyler Smith may not be ready to be the starting left tackle. It’s true that the Tulsa product had 60% of its reps in that position during OTAs and minicamp. However, Smith mostly played guard during camp and preseason. Also, he continues to show better performance in blocking tasks than in pass protection.

For now, it remains to be seen if the Cowboys add a tackle in the next few hours after the roster cuts. However, his plan seems clear: if a reinforcement is brought in, it will be for the depth of the alignment or to serve as a backup tackle. The Dallas front office trusts Tyler Smith despite being a bit raw, so only time will tell if it’s the right move.

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