The Dallas Cowboys made multiple splash acquisitions on the trade market this offseason. After acquiring cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Indianapolis Colts, they landed wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans.
Both players will help their respective units, addressing arguably the biggest needs of the team. Defensively, the Cowboys needed a running mate for cornerback Trevon Diggs. Offensively, the same could be said for wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. It was a one-man show at points last season, which the team is hoping Cooks can put an end to.
Jerry Jones and company have done a good job of upgrading the talent around Dak Prescott this offseason. They are a stronger team, but if the opportunity presented itself to make another move, they would certainly think long and hard about it.
One player who could become available is wide receiver Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Evans and his representatives have put a deadline in place for a long-term extension to be worked out. If no deal is reached by Week 1 of the season, talks will be cut off and he will explore other options in 2024.
If that is the route he is going to take, the Buccaneers could be better off trading him for some assets now. If he is ultimately traded, the Cowboys have been named one of four potential suitors.
Adding Evans to a group that already includes Lamb, Books and Michael Gallup would give the Cowboys arguably the most talented wide receiver group in the NFL. Evans, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has reached the 1,000-yard plateau in all nine of his seasons to start his career.
The four-time Pro Bowler is as steady of a producer as you can find at the wide receiver position. Heading into the final season on his contract, he would be a worthwhile addition to the Cowboys even if no long-term deal was reached.