Cowboys are biggest trade deadline loser after NFC contenders make win-now move

To be fair, Jerry Jones tried to warn us. The NFL trade deadline passed, and the Dallas Cowboys sat quietly by as other NFC contenders strengthened their rosters as the clock approached Tuesday's 3 p.m. CT deadline.

Should the Bears give up a second-round selection for stud cornerback Jaylon Johnson in case another injury occurs in the CB room? Pass.

Perhaps part with a late-round pick to bolster the WR rotation in the wake of Michael Gallup's struggles? What did the Lions do to get Donovan Peoples-Jones from Cleveland? Pass.

With veteran Leighton Vander Esch on injured reserve, surely the linebacker corps might benefit from insurance, right? Pass. 

How about arranging a late-round selection exchange to get Ezekiel Elliott out of foggy New England? Pass.

We're not interested in hearing anything about the Cowboys "liking what they have in the building" or "developing their own talent." 

Every team in the NFC they compete with managed to negotiate a deal to upgrade a point of weakness, making them the undisputed biggest loser of the 2023 trade deadline sweepstakes.

According to PFF, the 49ers (!) traded a 2024 third-round compensatory selection for Chase Young, who ranks among the league leaders in pass-rush win rate. On defense, they now have Nick Bosa, Young, Javon Hargrave, Arik Armstead, and Randy Gregory.