The Cowboys were not having a good season at all BEFORE starting quarterback Dak Prescott was lost for the season following a devastating ankle injury in Week 6. In his first start for the Cowboys this past Sunday, Andy Dalton also found himself on the sideline prior to the final whistle after he took a extremely dirty hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic which left the former Bengal in the concussion protocol. At that point, the Cowboys were forced to finish their blowout loss to WFT with former James Madison and 2020 seventh-round quarterback, Ben DiNucci.
That’s not going to cut it for Dallas owner Jerry Jones who will still want to be as competitive as possible despite their abysmal performance thus far in 2020.
Instead of just throwing in the towel and running with DiNucci, the Cowboys could opt to make a trade for a veteran quarterback who happens to be sitting on the bench somewhere. In fact, there’s more than one who could easily fill that void, and one happens to be with the Chargers.
Tyrod Taylor, along with the Dolphins’ Ryan Fitzpatrick, are the top two candidates to potentially land in Big D. Taylor has much less tread on his tires this season, but Fitzpatrick had the Dolphins riding high before rookie Tua Tagovailoa was named the starter this past week. Each option has their ups and downs, and with the trade deadline right around the corner, I expect one of them to be on the move.
Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports was one of the first to offer up Tyrod as a potential target for the Cowboys in what could be the next great opportunity for the veteran who just hasn’t been able to catch a break since leaving Buffalo.
“Tyrod Taylor has basically been heralded as the crown jewel of Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, but it’s clearer by the week that L.A. is Justin Herbert’s team, both now and for the indefinite future,” says Benjamin. “With Easton Stick also in the fold behind Herbert and the Chargers essentially playing for pride, what better way for Lynn to pay his respects to Taylor than by giving him another starting opportunity elsewhere? Like Fitzpatrick, Taylor is a free agent after the season, so he won’t require Dallas’ long-term commitment. And yet, given his timely mobility and the Cowboys’ supporting cast — a clear upgrade from the Chargers — it’s not hard to see him challenging Dalton or, at the very least, giving the Cowboys a much better insurance policy under center.”
Benjamin thinks the Chargers could get back a conditional sixth-round pick in return for Taylor, and I have to agree that’s probably the best-case scenario for the Bolts.
Tyrod’s conservative approach fits close to Prescott’s high marks when it comes to ball security and the Cowboys could stand to limit turnovers in a season where there’s already plenty of bad when it comes to their defense.
In the end, I think Anthony Lynn would be supportive of Taylor heading out east if it meant giving him another opportunity that he so rightfully deserves.