The Dallas Cowboys were named as a logical trade destination for Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones and the Chiefs have been unable to agree to a deal that will satisfy both parties ahead of the 2023 regular season. Jones has been a holdout in training camp and said he’d be willing to sit out up to eight games in the regular season if he isn’t signed to a new deal.
Dallas Cowboys named in trade for a Kansas City Chiefs DT
The Chiefs don’t seem interested in trading Jones just yet. But there are several rumors about linking Jones to other NFL teams. Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report named the Cowboys as a potential destination for Jones:
This has a non-zero chance of biting the Chiefs in the behind if they end up facing the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl LVIII, but few teams will realistically deal for Jones without believing it’ll make them a prime contender and at least Dallas resides in the other conference.
And yes, the Cowboys already have Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence and first-round rookie Mazi Smith in the front seven, but imagine what Jones at his best could do for a team that is realistically in Super Bowl-or-bust mode?
Yeah, it’s now or never for Mike McCarthy, Dak Prescott and Co., and according to Spotrac they have more salary-cap space than all but five NFL teams. That gives them wiggle room to absorb Jones’ inherited cap charge of $20.8 million.
Jones would likely cost them a first-round pick, possibly along with third-year starter Osa Odighizuwa. But he’d provide a huge upgrade in that spot. And if Dallas believes it can truly make a Super Bowl run with him on board (keep in mind that pick would come at the bottom of Round 1 under those circumstances), it’d be more than worth it.
Would the Chiefs trade Chris Jones to the Cowboys?
Gagnon seems to think the Cowboys would only have to offer first for Jones. That doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all for a team that has an owner trying to win it all this season.
Their rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, went to the Super Bowl last season with an incredible defensive line. Adding Jones at defensive tackle with Micah Parsons coming off the Edge would make the Cowboys a formidable out for the NFC East.
Again, it doesn’t appear the Chiefs will shop Jones. But the Cowboys should apply some pressure to the Chiefs’ front office about taking the All-Pro defensive tackle off their hands, as Jones will just be sitting on the couch next week anyway. The Chiefs could decide a first-round pick could help the team more in the long run than signing the 29-year-old to a bloated contract.
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