There was a lot of speculation heading into the start of the league new year that Dallas could make a big push for Howard and that didn’t go away straight up until the draft.
Even as the Cowboys were closing in on going on the clock, there were still some who wondered if a deal could be made.
Jerry Jones is getting up there in age, he is 78-years-old, three years younger than Stephen Ross, and has watched his team basically turn to nothing since the Jimmy Johnson era. Jones is still trying to prove that the Cowboys are still “America’s Team” but they can’t get over the hump.
Right now, their secondary is a weakness and Howard would immediately become the best player in the unit. The problem is, they don’t have a ton of money and any trade for Howard will have to come with a new contract.
The Cowboys only have around $6 million in cap space. They have three players counting more than $20 million against the cap this year, Demarcus Lawrence, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper. Ezekiel Elliott counts over $13 million and five other players account for over $6 million. Howard will want to slot somewhere between Cooper and Elliott.
While the Cowboys wouldn’t have an issue using draft capital, they may have to throw in a player as well to offset the salary costs. Right now, the highest-paid cornerback on the Cowboys roster is Anthony Brown at $5.7 million.