Cowboys Acquire $36 Million Champion in Trade Proposal

At the trade deadline, the Dallas Cowboys could be significant buyers.

The Cowboys, according to Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine, need to make a trade to replace the vacuum left by Leighton Vander Esch's injury.

With Vander Esch out for at least three games due to a neck injury — he was placed on injured reserve — Ballentine believes Dallas should pursue Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks.

Through six starts, the 31-year-old veteran has 53 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and one interception.

"Jordan Hicks is in the final year of his contract and has the seventh-highest PFF grade for a linebacker in the league," Ballentine said.

However, the Vikings have two young linebacker options in Ivan Pace Jr. and Brian Asamoah so they may be willing to part with him."

Hicks has an 80.3 defensive grade, a 76.9 run defensive grade, and an 80.1 coverage grade, according to Pro Football Focus

Only Markquese Bell, the Cowboys' other linebacker, gets higher grades than Hicks, who has an 84.0 defensive grade and an 82.5 coverage grade.

Outside of Micah Parsons, the Cowboys lack viable options at linebacker, as Ballentine also acknowledge

"That means they might be willing to sell and one player the Cowboys should call about is Jordan Hicks," Ballentine said. "

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