Dallas Cowboys owner and team manager Jerry Jones is willing to trade the team's 2016 first round pick if it means adding a player who can contribute immediately -- either on offense or defense. "I'd be reluctant to, but certainly if the right situation came along that could improve us now, with where we are with Tony Romo, his career and where we are with what we've put together, it's a good time to go for it," Jones told Fox Sports Southwest.
Romo has spent all of his 13 years in the NFL with the Cowboys and has made the Pro Bowl four times (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2014). However, since Romo became the starting quarterback in 2006, the Cowboys have made the postseason only five times and they never got past the divisional playoffs.
In recent NFL drafts, Dallas is also a team known to trade away its early picks in exchange for veterans, players perceived to be able to contribute right away or trade down in the draft selection.
In the 2009 draft, the Cowboys traded their 20th overall pick in a package that netted them wide receiver Roy Williams. In 2013, the Cowboys traded their 18th overall pick for a late first-rounder and a third from the San Francisco 49ers. "It's a bitter pill to swallow," Jones said about trading away first round picks.
"I've done that two times, and I'm telling you, that hurts bad the next draft day." Jones’ latest pronouncements have led to speculation the Cowboys may be interested in acquiring controversial running back Adrian Peterson from the Minnesota Vikings. Early in the offseason, Jones admitted he is interested in Peterson who has had a strained relationship with the Vikings this year and has indicated he's ready to move on.
The Vikings have said they are not trading Peterson this offseason although a team offering a valued first rounder in future drafts may restart discussions.
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