This Cowboys-Buccaneers Trade Sends Star Linebacker To Dallas

Devin White, Cowboys
NFL Analysis Network

The Dallas Cowboys are not a franchise that is afraid to make a splash. The No. 1 goal that Jerry Jones has is to win Super Bowls. If there is an opportunity to improve the roster to get them closer to that goal, the Cowboys will make the move.

Dallas has already made multiple trades this offseason to plug holes on their roster. They upgraded the cornerback spot opposite Trevon Diggs, acquiring Stephon Gilmore from the Indianapolis Colts. What was once a question mark is now a strength as Dallas has one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL.

Needing another wide receiver, the Cowboys acquired Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans. He will take pressure off of CeeDee Lamb, who proved he can be the No. 1 option but the help behind him wasn’t consistent. With Noah Brown and tight end, Dalton Schultz both joining the Texans in free agency, weapons were needed.

With their biggest needs addressed, and about $14.2 million in salary cap space, Dallas could be aggressive in making more upgrades should the opportunity present itself. Could that big splash be Devin White of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? They were listed as a potential suitor for the star linebacker.

White reportedly requested a trade hoping it would spur contract extension talks. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract and some analysts believe he will reset the linebacker market, which saw record-setting deals signed by Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds this offseason.

What could a trade between the Cowboys and Buccaneers look like? Dallas could offer a second and fourth-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft in exchange for White. Tampa Bay would get some good draft capital, which a franchise in their position would covet.

The Buccaneers may hold out for a first-round pick, but the Chicago Bears didn’t receive one in exchange for Smith, so it is hard to imagine White garnering such a price, especially since 2022 was such a struggle. But, if Tampa Bay doesn’t have intentions of keeping him long-term, this is a solid deal.

For the Cowboys, adding White would give them another young start as the foundation defensively. He would join Micah Parsons and Diggs, giving Dan Quinn an All-Pro at every level of his defense. Linebacker depth has been a need for the Cowboys but landing White would put that to rest.

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