3 big name players who could be traded this offseason
The Dallas Cowboys have a good problem on their hands. When Tyron Smith went down earlier in the year, they turned to rookie Tyler Smith to fill in, and he’s done a wonderful job. He was drafted to effectively be the replacement for Tyron Smith, who has been with Dallas since 2011.
Smith has built himself a Hall of Fame career, but over the past few seasons, he’s struggled to stay on the field. Their left tackle situation for the long-term appears to be settled with Tyler Smith.
When Tyron Smith returned to the lineup, he was inserted at right tackle because their initial starting right tackle, Terence Steele, is out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL. The Cowboys could continue to ride to Tyron Smith at right tackle until Steele returns, but I’m not so sure they do that.
The Cowboys’ potential cap savings by trading the veteran Smith won’t be higher than they would be this offseason. Given that they need to pay CeeDee Lamb $929 million and also need to figure out a way to keep Tony Pollard in the mix, trading the 32-year-old tackle makes a ton of sense.
They’d incur a hair over $4 million in dead cap but save $13.6 million. It’s a logical move to give Dallas more breathing room. Their offensive line is solid and would be fine without Tyron Smith in the mix in 2023 and beyond.
Teams would certainly pay up to acquire Smith, who has been one of the best at his position in the history of the NFL. Would the Cincinnati Bengals come calling, as they rebuilt their offensive line last offseason but still have some inconsistencies.