Cowboys fans probably take most anything Donovan McNabb says with a grain of salt, but when the former Eagles great starts trading away their Pro Bowl players, the ears might perk up a little. That’s exactly what the long-time division-rival-turned-analyst suggested Dallas should do on Thursday, specifically with regard to Dez Bryant and Tony Romo.
Fear not though. As long as the Cowboys owner has anything to do with it, Bryant won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. According to Jon Machota for the Dallas Morning News, Jerry Jones called the idea of trading the superstar wide receiver “absurd,” adding that he hasn’t even had a bad dream about making such a move.
Why would he? When healthy, Bryant is one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL, with more than 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns in three straight seasons from 2012-14. He’s easily the Cowboys’ best weapon in the passing attack, an attack that will eventually lose aging tight end Jason Witten, and the idea that a player like Bryant is replaceable is crazy. McNabb must be jealous because he only had a great receiver for one season of his career.
Although curiously omitted from Jones’ conversation about trades was Romo. Or maybe it’s not so curious at all. Not to suggest anything is imminent, but with Dak Prescott already establishing himself as the quarterback of the future in Dallas, it might make sense for the Cowboys to move on from Romo as early as this offseason. Not only would it be beneficial to the team from a financial standpoint, but the 14-year veteran could potentially net a either a first- or second-round draft pick.
The idea of trading Romo isn’t far-fetched at all, even if age and injuries would be a concern. Trading Bryant, on the other hand, makes no sense at all whatsoever, to the point where Jones wouldn’t even dream of it.