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Potential trade brings Cowboys a former pro bowler valued at $57 million

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The Dallas Cowboys could be the perfect landing spot for a $57 million former Pro Bowler.

As noted by Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine, the Cowboys were set to trade Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones early in the season. Jones, 27, is a former Pro Bowl linebacker who has spent his entire career with the Falcons since being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Outside of his 2018 season — when he was limited to just six games — Jones has completed at least 100 tackles in each of his seasons.

Ballentine notes that Jones has been a name linked to Cowboys trade rumors in the past, but the move made no financial sense. After Atlanta restructured Jones’ contract, the Cowboys would only owe the veteran linebacker $1.1 million if they traded for him.

“The same deal made it almost non-tradable, but the club recently agreed to a restructured pact that added three invalid years and converted $8.5 million into a bonus,” Ballentine says. “It also means that if a team traded for the linebacker, it would only cost them $1.1 million, per Locked On Falcons’ Aaron Freeman.”

The seventh-year linebacker is currently on injured reserve with a shoulder injury but may return after Week 4.

Needless to say, Jones could be a major upgrade over current starter Leighton Vander Esch. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones averaged at least a 73.7 defensive grade for three straight seasons between 2018 and 2020. However, his game slipped badly during the 2021 season and was ranked as one of the worst defensive starters in the league with his 34.6 defensive class.

As noted by PFF, Vander Esch has not posted more than a 63.5 defensive grade since his Pro Bowl rookie campaign in 2018.

Jones’ reunion with his former head coach and current Cowboys defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, could see Jones finding his former Pro Bowl form — especially considering he’s paired with reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons .

“Deion Jones had his best days on the field when Dan Quinn was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons,” Ballentine said. “He was the leader when Jones finished third in Rookie of the Year in 2016 and reached the Pro Bowl in 2017.”

The Cowboys’ defensive core is already packed with young stars — Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs — adding Jones to the mix just adds another playmaker to the lineup.

Considering the Falcons are in full rebuild mode and Jones can be acquired on a cheap salary, Dallas should put together a trade offer for the star linebacker.

It looks like the Cowboys may be interested in a potential contract extension with Dak Prescott.

Hours after team owner Jerry Jones made headlines suggesting the Cowboys could have a quarterback controversy On their hands, team EVP Stephen Jones expressed his confidence in Prescott as Dallas’ quarterback of the future.

“Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones when asked @1053thefan whether they would now be interested in contract extension talks with Dak Prescott: “Our quarterback is Dak Prescott. He’s our franchise quarterback. We’re always willing to watch anything with Dak,” he said Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Prescott is signed through the 2024 season after signing a $160 million contract extension with $126 million guaranteed ahead of the 2021 season.

If the Cowboys signed Prescott to a new contract, he would be 32 at the start of the 2025 season.

If the Cowboys signed Prescott to a new contract, he would be 32 at the start of the 2025 season.

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