Dallas Cowboys have a lot of issues with their secondary. Last week vs. 49ers they have shown some progress, but they still could use an upgrade. Now, with few days left until the trade deadline they could make a few moves. Well, at least one, which could be both possible and useful. Dallas Cowboys should seriously look into trading for Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward.
There are many problems with the America’s Team secondary, but the safety position is their most significant issue. Neither Jeff Heath nor Byron Jones have impressed during first six games. They are inconsistent, they failed to record an interception, and they have been ineffective both in coverage and tackling. Cowboys’ two rookies Awuzie and Woods can cover the safety position. But, the latter one is still a player whose quality is yet to be determined, while the first one has failed to stay healthy to make an impact. Also, Chidobe Awuzie first position is at cornerback, not at safety.
So, like we said, with the trade deadline approaching, Cowboys might do themselves a favor by trading for Ward. The veteran presence might just be what Cowboys need to get the best out of what they currently have. Also, Ward has been unsatisfied with his playing time during this season for Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yes, he has had problems with injury, but is healthy now, and still one of the leagues top safeties.
Coincidentally, Cowboys had a chance of signing him before the season started when he was released by Broncos. The move was unexpected, but teams were already waiting in line, and he was hired by Buccaneers the next day. He signed a one year contract worth $5 million. Unfortunately, he has played in only four games this season. Despite his limited snaps, he recorded 15 tackles, and two pass defends. Last year for Broncos he had 87 tackles, eight pass protects, three forced fumbles, with one interception and one sack. Ward played in fourteen games for Denver Broncos in 2016.
Cowboys missed a chance to sign him a few months ago. Now they have a second chance, which is not given to many, and they should use it. T.J. Ward can be theirs in compensation of a five, or even a six round pick.