Against even the most pass-heavy offenses, NFL defenses need at least a few Linebackers on the field to properly protect their side of the line of scrimmage. The Dallas Cowboys may struggle with that this season...
So that’s Rolando McClain (10 games), Randy Gregory (4) and Demarcus Lawrence (4) suspended for the Cowboys to start the season.— Nick Klopsis (@NickKlopsis) June 30, 2016
That's, ummm....not good.
Rolando McClain is the Cowboys' starting Middle Linebacker (his backup is our old friend Andrew Gachkar) and the other two are Dallas' starting Defensive Ends / Pass Rushers.
Without those guys, the Cowboys stand almost no chance of slowing down an NFL offense. The fact that they start the season with four games against NFC teams, and two games against teams in the same division as them, might lead them to believe that their season will be over before it even gets started unless they find a few suitable stopgaps.
This is where the Chargers come in....
The San Diego Chargers actually have a ton of depth at these positions!
Starters include Melvin Ingram, Jerry Attaochu, Manti Te'o and Denzel Perryman. Both Ingram and Te'o have been disappointing, and both are in the final year of their rookie contracts. It would be somewhat surprising to see both of them back with the Chargers in 2017.
Some believe that Joshua Perry, picked by the Chargers in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft, could end up taking Te'o starting job by the end of this season.
What if the Chargers were to send Te'o (the obvious pick) or Ingram (the less obvious pick, since his replacement would be either Tourek Williams or Kyle Emanuel) to the Dallas Cowboys?
They might be able to get a 1st round pick back but I might even do it for a 2nd round pick (for Te'o). The only player I'd consider swapping for would be Byron Jones, and I can't imagine Dallas being willing to move him because that would just create another hole on their defense.
What do you think? Let us know!