The Dallas Cowboys need to address issues with their defensive line heading into the 2016 NFL Season. And a recent NFL trade scenario linked them to a possible move to acquire Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has yet to find his niche in Houston. His career has been slowed down by injuries, leading to speculation that the Texans will eventually trade him.
Dallas Cowboys A Scheme Fit For Clowney?
Injuries contributed to Clowney’s struggles in the league. However, analysts are also convinced that a change of scenery could turn the tables around for the former South Carolina standout.
According to Christopher Smith of Saturday Down South, Clowney is not a fan of a 3-4 defensive system. It was allegedly the main reason why he turned down an offer to join Alabama in college. The Texans run the 3-4 scheme, which could be one of the main reasons why he has been struggling to find his place in Houston.
Clowney prefers the 4-3 defensive scheme and Randi Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone believes the Cowboys will be a better fit for the 23-year-old linebacker. If he moves to Dallas, he will likely get enough chances because the Cowboys need a pass rusher.
Cowboys Randy Gregory is not expecting to return from suspension and rehab soon. DeMarcus Lawrence will also not be available when the new season begins due to suspension, leaving Dallas with an inexperienced defensive line. Gurzi said that it is the reason why the Cowboys should call their Texas rivals about a trade for Clowney.
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“The reason Clowney to Dallas makes sense for the ‘Boys is simple,” Gurzi noted. “This team has no one who can consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks.”
The deal also makes sense for Houston because they can address their own needs by trading Clowney. If the Texans trade Clowney to the Cowboys, Gurzi speculate the Texans might ask for Ronald Leary, Barry Church or J.J. Wilcox.