The linebacker position for the Cowboys is an intriguing one. Yes, Micah Parsons leads the pack, and he’s a dominant player already. However, behind him, lies some questions depth-wise.
With the NFL season approaching rapidly, teams will certainly look to upgrade their rosters. According to Bleacher Report, veteran linebacker Deion Jones is an ideal fit for a trade to the Cowboys, giving the Atlanta Falcons a sixth-round pick in return.
Kristopher Knox of B/R on the Jones trade to the Cowboys:
“The Dallas Cowboys should be looking to bolster their linebacker corps ahead of training camp. There is a lack of proven depth behind Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch, and Dallas’ run defense was a liability in 2021.
“Dallas ranked just 24th in yards per carry allowed (4.5) on the year and surrendered an average of 130 rushing yards per game over the final 10 weeks of the regular season.”
The Cowboys adding Jones makes sense for a few reasons. Of course, there’s the connection with Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who coached Jones for nearly five full seasons in Atlanta. Then there’s the fact that Jones has been a productive player during his time in the NFL. He’s recorded over 100 tackles in five of his six seasons with the Falcons, only falling short in 2018 when he missed 10 games with a foot injury.
Dallas has talent at the linebacker spot but a lot of it has either barely or not seen the field yet. Jabril Cox was taken in the fourth round in 2021 but only appeared in seven games due to tearing his ACL. Damone Clark and Devin Harper were selected in the fifth and sixth rounds back in April. However, the former likely won’t play in 2022 due to spinal fusion surgery in March, and the latter will have to make his way through special teams.
Jones is currently on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list to start training camp as he is rehabbing a shoulder injury. That should affect his status to start the season, so the Cowboys could easily execute this move if they wanted to.
Unfortunately, there’s the Stephen Jones factor in play here for the Cowboys. The Cowboys recently added veteran linebackers Malik Jefferson and Christian Sam and seeing how Jones has such a vice grip on the Cowboys’ finances, those moves may suffice for him.
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