Steal 1 player from each division rival

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Kelce. Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports/Wichita

The Cowboys are reigning NFC East champions, but which players from the team’s division rivals would fans like to see in Dallas?

While Dallas Cowboys Historically the most successful team in the NFC East, they have struggled to stay consistent over the past 25 years. Since the mid-’90s, when they’ve built a recognized dynasty — winning three Super Bowls (1992, 1993, 1995) in four seasons — they’ve won back-to-back division championships. They won five straight from 1992 to 1996 and have not resurfaced as repeat champions since.

Several arguments can be put forward to explain this cowboys‘ 21st century rut, but the most striking is simply that the divisional competition has continued to keep up with Dallas. Often cited as the worst division in football, the NFC East somehow manages to produce intense matchups in almost every single rivalry week.

The Cowboys, who reclaimed the America’s Team title, could be finished off much quicker if they could do just one thing: steal a player from each of their division rivals.

Dallas Cowboys: Steal 1 player from each NFC East rival

From the Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Kelce (center)

One of the Cowboys’ biggest projects of the offseason was strengthening the offensive line, and especially the interior. Tyron Smith is one of the highest-paid left tackles in the league, and 2020 undrafted free agent Terence Steele emerged as an efficient full-time right tackle starter in 2021.

However, the internal linemen outside of Zack Martin – whose recent contract extension reset the bounty for the guard position – were a cause for concern in the offseason. Left guard Connor Williams went free and Tyler Biadasz had three fumbles down the middle last year.

With Tyler Smith (Tulsa) called up in 2022 to assume left guard duties, the center position is still up in the air. Right there in the NFC East lies the best in the league for the last half decade: Jason Kelce.

He has been selected as a first-team All-Pro center in four of the last five years and has also been selected to the Pro Bowl each season. As he nears the end of his career — he’s playing in his 35-year season in 2022 — stealing it from the Eagles for the upcoming season would lock the Cowboys into a specific top-five offensive group.

Additionally, removing Kelce from Philadelphia’s offensive line would force a rookie, Cam Jurgens, to step up immediately and follow in the footsteps of a surefire Hall of Famer first-round pick. It’s exactly the kind of pressure that would tip things even further in the Cowboys’ favour. Steal 1 player from each division rival

John Verrall

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