If Jeff Luhnow was the GM of the Texans and not the Astros, what would we likely be seeing? (hint: A trade for Byron Jones). The obvious answer is some sort of move for left tackle, considering how disastrous the Matt Khalil experiment has gone, and the Texans’ immediate concession that Tytus Howard is a guard. However, you need a partner to dance with, and the only surefire LT is the Redskins’ Trent Williams. Though Williams has expressed desire to be traded, the Redskins have not shared that sentiment, so our quest for a “realistic roster improvement” on the team has to shift focus.
The next obvious answer is at corner, where Bill O’Brien has already voiced sentiments about Lonnie Johnson Jr. suggesting he has already written him off. There should be some optimism about Bradley Roby, and Colvin might be able to serve as a nickel/slot corner, but the other corner position is a gaping hole.
Byron Jones. I know what you are saying …”Jones is a young, pro-bowl corner, there is no way you can wrestle him from the Cowboys!” The cowboys just dished out huge money to LB Jaylon Smith and DE Demarcus Lawerence. Dak Prescott wants Tom Brady Money and Zeke Elliott wants top dollar also. Jerry Jones also needs to re-sign Amari Cooper, so the Cowboys are about to be mired in salary cap hell. Their saving grace is that their secondary coach is Kris Richard, who can teach a sack of potatoes to cover an NFL WR. He is known mostly for taking tall rangy corners low in the draft and turning them into Seattle’s strength (Richard Sherman).
The Cowboys probably already feel like they shouldn’t have to invest money at Corner. Chidubie Awuzie, Anthony Brown and Jourdan Louis have been productive and inexpensive. The Cowboys also picked up freaky-athlete Chris Westry, who is 6’4 and ran a 4.31. He is the “Kris Richards Special” pet project. At this point, the Cowboys are wondering which of their promising corners they will need to cut for nothing.
The Cowboys are also in desperate need of some youth at TE before the Jason Witten Cinderella Clock hits midnight. Yes they drafted two TEs, but they are more “prayers” than “plans” at this point. Jordan Akins and a third rounder likely net the Texans the lockdown corner they’ve always coveted. They also give the Cowboys salary cap relief, while receiving good value on a corner that might otherwise be lost to free agency.
But….you don’t have a GM. So welcome to stagnant inertia.