Dallas Cowboys: 4 Backups That Would Start for Other Teams

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJuly 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys are once again getting hyped as Super Bowl contenders, one of the reasons for that hype is driven by the load of talented players the team has put together over the years.

Some players who are used strictly as depth could easily start and help other teams around the league. Let's take a look at which four players the other 31 squads would like to have starting for their team.


Felix Jones

I'm sure some NFL general managers were frothing at the mouth when they heard Jones might be on the trade block back in April, but Dallas made the smart move to keep their No. 2 running back.

The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are two teams that would probably jump at the chance to land the former Arkansas Razorback. Neither are in great shape at the position with Jahvid Best's injury woes and the inefficiency of both Packers' backs last year.

Jones is entering the final year of his contract with the Cowboys and if he makes the best of his opportunities this year, he could test free agency and get a nice pay day from another team.


Dez Bryant

Bryant has been in the news lately for some less-than-flattering reasons, but he was touted as a future No. 1 receiver coming out of Oklahoma State for a reason. He has all the talent in the world, but is still behind Miles Austin for the top receiver job in Big D.

While that fact can be attributed to his inconsistency on the field and character off of it, every team could use Bryant on their team. He'd instantly be an upgrade over any team in the AFC or NFC West outside of the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.


Kyle Orton

This argument is harder to make considering Denver put him on waivers and nobody but Kansas City wanted to take Orton onto their roster last year. That being said, this is the same quarterback that posted 20 touchdowns to just nine interceptions back in 2010.

If not for the Tim Tebow fans clamoring to put No. 15 on the field in 2011, Orton could have very well kept his job all year. Orton isn't one of my personal favorite quarterbacks in the league, but he is talented and highly underrated by NFL executives league-wide.

2010 was statistically his best year as a quarterback and given another chance to start, he could help another team as a starting quarterback.


Mike Jenkins

I figured I'd save one of the more obvious and talented names for last.

It wasn't too long ago the Indianapolis Colts were reportedly calling Big D trying to pry away the talented cornerback and for good reason.

Jenkins is a former Pro Bowl player who has proven though injury-prone, he will fight through the pain if it means suiting up for his team on Sunday. 

Cowboys fans have witnessed Jenkins hobble out of the defensive huddle only to go out and break up a pass intended for the opposition's No. 1 receiver the next play.

He's a dedicated player with talent to boot, but now sees himself as the third or fourth option for a team he's started for practically since day one of his career. 

The Cowboys have gone from one of the most depleted to the most talented cornerback depth in the NFL and unfortunately for Jenkins that means less playing time unless he blows the coaching staff away in training camp.

With his contract up after this year, other teams will be watching his season closely and surely calling owner Jerry Jones a few times with offers to take No. 21 off his hands.