3 potential Dallas Cowboys trade targets ahead of 2024 training camp

3 potential Dallas Cowboys trade targets ahead of 2024 training camp

3 potential Dallas Cowboys trade targets ahead of 2024 training camp

Despite claims that they were “all in,” the Dallas Cowboys have been pretty quiet this offseason. They had a solid draft and added veteran linebacker Eric Kendricks in free agency, but other than that, they haven’t done much to improve their roster.

With training camp scheduled to begin in late July, there is still time for the Cowboys to add some much-needed talent.

They’ve had some success in the past when it comes to trades, including moves to add Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephon Gilmore in 2023.

That’s why it might not be a bad idea for them to seek help from veterans again.

Here we identify three players who could be available and help improve the Cowboys’ chances of repeating in the NFC East.

Houston Texans, Khalil Davis

Houston Texans, Khalil Davis/Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans were strong against the run in 2023 and should be again in 2024. Not only did they get most of their stars back, but they also signed Tim Settle to a two-year, $6 million contract. His arrival means Khalil Davis will be pushed down the depth chart and may not play as often.

Davis, a veteran who has already played for three teams in three years, appeared in 15 games, including one start for Houston. He recorded 32 tackles and two sacks while playing in 41 percent of their defensive snaps, earning a respectable 60.7 in run defense according to PFF.

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He may not be the player this defense needs to stop the run, but the 6-foot-10, 300-pound Nebraskan was graded higher than every Dallas defensive tackle except Osa Odighiziwa. With Mazi Smith the undisputed starter but still an unknown, a backup plan isn’t a bad idea.

Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns

Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns / Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Elijah Moore was the 34th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. While he has put up some decent numbers, he has yet to reach his potential.

In two seasons with the New York Jets, he had 80 receptions for 984 yards and six touchdowns. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2023, along with the 74th overall pick in the draft, in exchange for the 42nd overall pick.

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With the Browns, he improved his receptions and yardage, totaling 640 yards on 59 receptions but only two touchdowns. Ironically, he may be slipping down the depth chart because of the promise shown by Cedric Tillman, whom the Browns selected with the 74th pick out of New York.

Cleveland also added Jerry Jeudy in the offseason and extended his contract for three years. Moore is a free agent in 2025, and rather than see him walk away with nothing, the Browns might be willing to take a pick from Dallas and give Tillman more opportunities.

Chicago Bears, Khalil Herbert

Chicago Bears, Khalil Herbert / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

In the offseason, the Chicago Bears signed D’Andre Swift to a three-year, $24 million contract to be their primary running back. With him taking over, that means Khalil Herbert will fall down the depth chart, but his slide might not end at No. 2.

As good as Herbert has been, the Bears also have Roschon Johnson, a fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft. Johnson, a 225-pounder from Texas, had 352 rushing yards and 209 receiving yards as a rookie. His potential could be enough for Chicago to decide to trade Herbert, who is in the final year of his rookie contract.

In three seasons, Herbert has rushed for 1,775 yards while averaging 4.9 yards per attempt. The problem is that he is just 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, and he has had durability issues. After playing in 17 games as a rookie, he missed four in 2022 and five in 2023.

Dallas currently has an unimpressive running back roster, led by Ezekiel Elliott and Rico Dowdle. Adding Herbert to the committee could be the shot in the arm they need to go from abysmal to mediocre.

With a decent passing attack, an average running game might be enough to keep the offense focused.

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