The Cowboys could have a high-powered weapon at their disposal shortly.
According to ESPN.com's Todd Archer, the New York Jets have initiated trade talks with the Dallas Cowboys for Jets' defensive end Sheldon Richardson. The Jets have deemed the former Mizzou standout expendable due to the re-signing of Muhammad Wilkerson and the continued progress of 2015 first-round pick Leonard Williams.
However, there are some factors that may cause the Cowboys some concern.
Richardson is set to make over $8 million in 2017, and has also had his fair share of off-field issues. The 25-year-old was suspended four games in 2015 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and was suspended again for the first game of 2016 for violating the league's personal-conduct policy in relation to a 2015 arrest following a police chase.
Despite these issues, Richardson's talent can not be denied. He is a versatile player who can line up anywhere on defense, creating significant mismatches for opponents.
He is two years removed from a career season where he recorded 67 tackles and eight sacks. He has registered 28 tackles and 1.5 sacks so far this season.
The Cowboys are tied for 21st in the NFL with 14 sacks and have very few heavy-hitters on their defensive line.
The Jets are unlikely to re-sign Richardson to a long-term contract and would likely be willing to trade him for a quality draft pick.
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