NFL Writer Proposes Insane Trade Idea For Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys
NFL Analysis Network

The Dallas Cowboys find themselves at multiple crossroads this offseason. Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, and Micah Parsons are nearing the end of their contracts.

Despite fans and analysts urging Jerry Jones throughout the offseason to make some deals, little movement appears to have taken place.

The Cowboys have not fixed the money issue. If the Cowboys can’t fix it, Lamb may need to be dealt to make room for Prescott’s new deal.

One such trade has been floated by Bleacher Report writer Brad Gagnon.

The deal would consist of CeeDee Lamb heading to the Pittsburgh Steelers for George Pickens and a second-round pick.

Gagnon claimed it would be “slightly closer to a player-for-player deal.”

“Because Pickens is coming off a 1,000-yard sophomore season, this would be slightly closer to a player-for-player deal, with Dallas saving money and gaining some draft capital and Pittsburgh doing everything in its power to get this right,” Gagnon wrote.

If the Steelers make the deal with the Cowboys, they would get a second-round pick to bolster their roster and above all, keep their salary cap low.

Adding Pickens would rewind the clock for the Cowboys in paying a young wide receiver their second contract by two seasons, per Spotrac.

Proposed Dallas Cowboys trade with Steelers prompts massive leaps

However, there is a price the Cowboys would pay. They would lose their seemingly guaranteed star starting wide receiver for a gamble that Pickens can make up the difference in short order.

CeeDee Lamb earned 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023. Meanwhile, Pickens earned 1,140 yards and five touchdowns, per Pro Football Reference.

Meaning, that for the Cowboys to win the trade, Pickens would need to add roughly 50% of his production from last season this year. This would continue the upward trend already established for Pickens. However, it leaves a demand for a massive jump this year.

Of course, it would be hard to complain about getting a second-round pick for a 1,400-yard receiver. However, it remains unclear if Pickens can deliver year in and year out like Lamb has proven.

Additionally, the Cowboys trade assumes that the Steelers would be willing to deal Pickens. This would force the Steelers to dump a massive second contract’s worth of money immediately.

The Steelers are paying Justin Fields and Russell Wilson only a small chunk of change. However, Wilson may ask the Steelers for a big check if he proves himself in 2024.

The Steelers won’t attempt to lose just to avoid paying Wilson. As such, they would effectively be “hoping” that they get stuck with a big bill in 2025.

Could the Steelers general manager be willing to sign up for that added pressure to get CeeDee Lamb?

Want the latest NFL analysis, breaking news, and insider information? Click here. Interested in reading storylines and analysis about the NBA? Check out our partner NBA Analysis Network.

New York Giants Could Cut Former 1,000-Yard Wide Receiver

The New York Giants signed wide receiver Allen Robinson to bolster their aerial attack this offseason, but the veteran may not even make it out

3 Massive Questions Facing Washington Commanders For 2024 NFL Season

The Washington Commanders didn’t exactly end 2023 on a high note, losing their last nine games to finish the season 4-13. The Commanders did, however,

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert Earns Huge Comparison

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Geodert has been one of the most productive players in the NFL over the last few seasons at his position.