No one in their right mind can deny the Dallas Cowboys are a legit team. 5-1 and coming off a bye, they look the exact opposite of how they did in 2021. Now that they’re excelling, there’s still an avenue that needs addressing if they want to play in February: explore the trade markets.

Any team that is among the legit contenders are the one’s picking talent off lesser teams. Usually, it’s the team who are going through a rebuild, or entering it, who send their best players.

It’s usually key role players, or reliable vets who get shipped out to better squads, but once a while an elite-level player finds new surroundings. See Amari Cooper.

Now, the Cowboys are in the precarious position of not having many weaknesses, but would benefit from better depth. If the organization really is “all in” on this squad, they should be looking at all avenues to make this team better.

You succeed in the NFL when you’re active in free agency, select good draft picks and make worthwhile trades. They’ve hit on two so far.

The trade deadline is on Tuesday, November 3rd at 4 pm ET. This is the time to make a move. Here are some options the team should really consider.

Quinnen Williams

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We have to bring this one up again as it was rumored last year that the young stud tackle was on the trading block. Even though it never materialized, the word trade is like the word “divorce”. Once it’s out there, it can’t be taken back.

The Jets are a mess (again) and with Zach Wilson out for the next 2-4 week with a sprained PCL, this season is another was in New York (Jersey).

The rebuild still isn’t done yet for the Jets and it won’t surprise anyone if they once again decide to unload their best defensive player for draft capital. He won’t lure 2 1st round picks like Jamal Adams, but his age (23), potential and output so far are worth a high draft pick, especially with his 5th year option.

Imagine this defensive line with Williams, Osa Odighizuwa, Randy Gregory, Brent Urban, Chauncey Golston, Micah Parsons and the returns of Neville Gallimore and DeMarcus Lawrence.

Kyle Fuller

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Fuller is only on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos, so this would be a rental. Considering the state of the Dallas Cowboys corner back depth, this would be a smart one to consider.

Trevon Diggs is having a fantastic season, and that’s what is stealing headlines. Anthony Brown started off rough during the Tampa Bay game, but has since been playing more to the standard that this entire defense has been placed.

The issue becomes the depth. Including these 2 players and Jourdan Lewis, the starters have been fine. Behind them is a big question mark. Kelvin Joseph and Nahshon Wright are both rookies, and Joseph has yet to play a regular season game and Maurice Canady’s hype has seemingly lessened.

The Cowboys have been picked on in the passing game, and with rumors surrounding the Broncos, Fuller might be on the move. He’s only been active for 2 games this season, is essentially been a $9 million place holder. It’s not the flashiest move, but better depth at a key position never hurt anyone.

Nick Foles

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With respect to Cooper Rush, he isn’t who you want to come in if need be. Cam Newton is a popular name right now, but there’s a quarterback out there with great experience at filling in.

Nick Foles is the QB3 in Chicago right now and it’s this situation why the Bears decided to keep 3 quarterbacks. Foles’s trade value might be a mid-late round pick, but if it secures the most important position on the field, it’s worth it.

The Dallas Cowboys would be wise to not overthink this.

Alec Ogletree

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In the same breathe as Fuller, veteran depth is never a bad thing. In Alec Ogletree’s case, he’s been a quality veteran player his entire career who can help in an area of concern that’s been largely overlooked.

When the Dallas Cowboys let Jaylon Smith go, the belief was it was addition by subtraction. Unfortunately, it’s forced Micah Parsons to play more inside linebacker, rather than edge, due to the inefficiencies in coverage.

Keanu Neal and Leighton Vander Esch have each been inconsistent in coverage, and this coaching staff refuses to play Jabril Cox. Ironically in an area that he’s known for excelling at. This has all been a domino effect of keeping the Cowboys best pass rusher in the front seven.

He’s a smart player who would arguably be this team’s best coverage linebacker and reinvigorate the depth. Ogletree still has quality play left in him and since the Bears are on their way to a new regime, maybe they can use an extra day 3 pick to help.

Ray-Ray McCloud

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A bit of a less talked about position of need is a returner. CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard are both great punt/kick returners. However, as their roles on offense increase, the less they need to be used on special teams.

Ray-Ray McCloud, a bit of an unknown to the average NFL fan, has been consistently one of the league’s better returners. So far this season he’s 4th in kick return yards and 14th in punt returns. Both are well above where the Dallas Cowboys stand on either.

Special Teams coach John “Bones” Fassel knows the pain of a vasectomy, but the pain of being towards the bottom of the league in return yardage is comparable.

LJ Collier

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The former first-round pick came into his 3rd season after a 3 sack, 4 tackles for loss 2020 with high hopes for his 3rd season. Up to this point, he has only been active for 2 games so far. It’s gotten to the point that he could be on his way out before too long.

With Seattle having the 2nd worst defense in the league, and still waiting on the return of Russell Wilson, the 2-5 Seahawks are getting progressively worse. They need draft picks, Collier needs a change of scenery and the Dallas Cowboys could use more depth on the defensive line.

Collier is only in his 3rd season, but him being a healthy scratch is concerning. He’s definitely got talent, but doesn’t seem to be working out in Seattle. It would only cost a day 3 pick and the untapped potential is still there.

Melvin Ingram

A favorite option for AtoZ staff member Mauricio Rodriguez, you can never have too many good pass rushers.

Melivn Ingram is not the same edge rusher he once was, but the Steelers have an elite in TJ Watt, and are giving favor to 2nd year pro, Alex Highsmith. Despite Ingram still adding valuable snaps to the outside, he’s become expendable.

Outside of Randy Gregory, the edge rushers from the Dallas Cowboys have been in question. Micah Parsons is the team’s best edge when played there, but is forced to play inside after inefficiencies mentioned earlier.

Tarell Basham and Chauncey Golston have played well, especially considering what was actually expected of them this season. Golston has been used a rotational piece inside and out. Plus, Basham has been good at generating pressure but not as frequent as other names mentioned.

Even with the return of DeMarcus Lawrence, a foot injury is serious to a defensive linemen. Can he plant and still be effective? It’s fair to ask this question.

Bringing in Melvin Ingram gives the Cowboys better depth outside and doesn’t disrupt the rotation. It gives Lawrence relief to return timely, and not have to worry about keeping Parsons inside for the time being.