Cowboys Trade Rumors: Trade proposal brings Steelers WR to DAL
With days away from training camp, there might not be a better time for the Dallas Cowboys to trade for a wide receiver.
Throughout the spring and summer, the Cowboys have been linked with free agency and trade moves for a receiver, but the team has yet to add a name like WR Julio Jones though. it be appreciated by Vegas to make a move.
With a blockbuster addition on the table, a more sensible move for Dallas would be to find a player with an upside and could come on the cheap. In terms of potential wide receivers sticking out, a good idea would be Pittsburgh Steelers WR Miles Boykin.
Boykin finds himself in Pittsburgh after three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, during which he showed flashes of potential but failed to live up to his billing. However, his arrival at the Steelers in April was followed by the team selecting two receivers (George Pickens and Calvin Austin) in the first four rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, tentatively pushing him into the depth chart.
If the Cowboys are still looking to improve their wide reception room, Boykin would be an affordable trade target with established potential. Conversely, the Cowboys have depth in tight end position and could trade one in a player trade that would be a win for both sides.
Boykin heads to Steelers after Baltimore troubles
Coming out of Notre Dame, there was a lot to love about Boykin. NFL.com called him a receiver with “mismatch potential,” and his height of 6’4″ plus a 4.42 in the 2019 NFL Combine 40-yard dash solidified him on the Dashboards.
The Ravens selected Boykin in the third round of that year’s draft, but being in an exciting offense like Baltimore’s seemed to hamper Boykin. QB Lamar Jackson and the team’s rushing offense took center stage, while passing goals in 2019 and 2020 were mostly directed at Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews.
In fact, Boykin was only targeted 55 times in 32 appearances during those seasons. PFR shows that the per-reception averages are actually pretty good, as Boykin had 33 receptions for 464 receiving yards in those two years for an average of 14.6 yards per catch. He also caught seven touchdowns, meaning he averaged one touchdown for every five receptions.
Despite strong averages, Boykin couldn’t break through on offense and a hamstring injury forced him to start 2021 on the IR. He recovered and made eight appearances, but only played a handful of snaps and only had one catch for six yards.
What a Steelers-Cowboys trade would look like
Boykin’s impressive averages and athletic profile are huge pluses, but his stock is still very low after the way things ended in Baltimore. The Steelers won him in the waiver wire last April, so there’s demand for the receiver, but he’s nowhere near his NFL Draft billing.
That’s why a player trade makes sense for the Cowboys, as the team probably wouldn’t want to give up a lot of assets for a player like Boykin. This is where tight end Sean McKeon emerges as a suitable trade piece.
With the addition of TE Jake Ferguson in the 2022 NFL Draft and Jeremy Sprinkle in free agency, the Cowboys now have two top replacements to start TE Dalton Schultz. McKeon’s blocking prowess is an interesting skill, but Sprinkle also made NFL money with that same talent, while Ferguson also impressed as a tackle at Wisconsin.
The Cowboys can still elevate their wide receiver group with Boykin locking down the No. 5 or No. 6 spot, while the Steelers get a great blocking tight end that still has plenty of upside, as McKeon is still 24 years old.
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