Cowboys Pushed to Strike Trade for Vikings $100 Million Starter

Cowboys Motivated to Complete Trade with Vikings, Starting at $10M

The Dallas Cowboys are 3-1 ahead of their biggest challenge this season first the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5 Early October means the NFL trade battle is less than a month away . deadline October 31.

Dallas is clearly concerned about its linebacker depth, as evidenced by the team’s recent decision to add defensive end Mikel Jones ahead of Week 5. Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine confirmed Vikings quarterback Jordan Hicks is a potential trade target for the Cowboys.

“The Cowboys have a lot of faith in Leighton Vander Esch and Damone Clark to stay healthy,” Ballentine wrote on October 4, 2023. “With DeMarvion Overshown on injured reserve, they moved Markquese Bell from safety to cornerback to address the lack of depth at the position.
“So far, it’s been effective, but it’s one of those things that could end up costing them as teams try to figure out the best way to attack their defenses.

At this point, there aren’t many difference-making linebackers in free agency. The Cowboys’ best bet may be to test the trade market. Someone like Jordan Hicks would be a logical target.

The Cowboys are familiar with Hicks as the quarterback began his career in Philadelphia playing his first four seasons with the Eagles. Hicks was also a member of the Philadelphia team that won the Super Bowl during the 2017 season. Hicks then spent three years with the Cardinals before playing the final two seasons with the Vikings.

The good thing for Dallas is that Hicks is a free agent after the season, so a potential trade wouldn’t impact the cap after 2023. Hicks signed a two-year, $10 million deal with Minnesota in 2022. The veteran has a basis of $3.2 million. salary cap this season and the cap hits $5 million.
Minnesota may be motivated to move Hicks given his impending free agent status combined with a disappointing 1-3 start. Through the first four games, Hicks has 33 tackles and one fumble recovery. Last season, Hicks had 129 tackles, four quarterback hits, three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 17 starts.
The Cowboys are entering one of the biggest games of the season as 3.5-point underdogs in Sunday Night Football. Heavyweight Sports predictions provided by Quarter4 see Dallas as a much bigger threat to San Francisco. These predictions give the Cowboys a 48% win probability and a much narrower spread, with Dallas considered a 0.5-point underdog.

The Cowboys’ defense is the team’s strength while questions remain regarding the offense, especially in the red zone. Dak Prescott sees improvement but still believes the team will improve in the area.
“Pretty effective, but honestly, it’s still not up to our standards,” Prescott told reporters on October 1. “We had a lot of opportunities in the red zone, with a few goals. I guess in that quarter try, what we were on the sideline, didn’t convert that. It’s still not up to our standards, but it obviously felt good to get a couple of touches in the red zone.
“The one right outside there, for CeeDee [Lamb]. So it’s good to get a touchdown to the receiver, it feels good and a lot of good things come from it when you win the game 38-3.”

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