REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Are Exploring Pass Rusher Trade With NFC East Rival After Micah Parsons’ Comments

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly interested in trading for a pass rusher on the Philadelphia Eagles roster this offseason. The potential move comes in an offseason where star Edge Micah Parsons has been critical of the Cowboys’ pieces on defense.

Micah Parsons wants help rushing the passer

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Dec 30, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) stands on the field in the second half against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Parsons says he wants the defense to add depth at the linebacker position and on the defensive line. He wants interior defensive line help. But the main point of Parsons’ comments is that he needs help putting pressure on the opposing offensive line.

The Dallas Cowboys are interested in trading for an Edge

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Oct 1, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) against the Washington Commanders at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
 

Per Mike Fisher with Sports Illustrated, the Cowboys have an interest in trading for veteran pass rusher Haason Reddick:

“An NFL source tells CowboysSI.com that the idea of the Dallas Cowboys investigating ways to acquire Reddick is real, too.

The Cowboys have “respect” for Reddick as well, which is why our source mentions Dallas and Jacksonville as among the teams that are “interested” in making a move. (There are rumors mentioning Detroit, Houston and New England here, but we have not confirmed.)”

Trading for Haason Reddick isn’t cheap

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws the ball against Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7)during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles recently gave permission for Reddick to seek a trade. The Eagles are doing so, hoping to alleviate issues with their cap situation, and Reddick wants an extension. Cap concerns are also present in Dallas.

The Cowboys’ defensive pass rush would be much better with Reddick on the other side of Parsons. But Reddick’s cost might not be worth the bite for Dallas either, especially with Parsons playing in the final year of his rookie deal. The Cowboys will have to fork over a ton of cap to him not too long after handing a bag to Dak Prescott.

Regardless, there is a reason the Cowboys are at least interested in exploring the trade.