Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Pull off a Trade, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 31, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Cook #62  and Anthony Herrera #64 of the Minnesota Vikings get ready on the line during the game against the Green Bay Packers on November 11, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 34-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys need help in the interior offensive line, which is why it wasn't surprising to hear early this morning—via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport—that the team had traded for a veteran guard/center:

The Dallas Cowboys acquired versatile offensive lineman Ryan Cook from the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Compensation to the Dolphins isn't yet known.

The Cowboys got an up-close look at Cook on Wednesday night, when they played the Dolphins in their preseason finale. Cook started for Miami, along with the rest of the reserve offensive line.

The 6'6", 325-pound former second-round pick has been in the league six years. He barely played last season, but he graded out positively as a pass-blocker in 2010 while taking 97 snaps at center in Minnesota, according to Pro Football Focus.

He was not as good in seven starts at guard, however.

There's no way this can hurt. Cook brings experience at a low cost (Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports it might be a seventh-round pick). He hasn't been a regular starter since 2008, but he'll only be asked to help add depth to a shallow spot in the lineup.

Here's what else is making headlines this morning in the NFL's most popular division:


Dallas Cowboys

This doesn't sound overly promising: Jerry Jones tells USA Today's Jim Corbett that "it's certainly not impossible to think" Jason Witten could play Wednesday in New York. So you're telling me there's a chance...

It's cut day, and thus, DallasCowboys.com analyst Bryan Broaddus looks at five tough decisions the team has to make.


New York Giants

From Paul Schwartz of the New York Post: Even the business-like Giants have jumped in on the trash-talk game in advance of next week's tilt with Dallas, with Mathias Kiwanuka reminding Jerry Jones that "the Giants have been whupping his ass for a long time.''

Prince Amukamara is likely to miss that opener with Dallas but is aiming for a Week 2 return, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk.


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher: Predictably, Andy Reid says he isn't concerned about remarks made by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie suggesting that another 8-8 season would cost Reid his job.

From Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com: It'll be a nerve-wracking day for Bryce Brown and Chris Polk after both put on stellar performances in the preseason finale Thursday night. Will both make the final roster? 


Washington Redskins

The guys at Hogs Haven are tracking roster cuts on Friday. As of this posting, the 'Skins have already released 13, including Willie Smith, Erik Cook, Terrence Austin and Brandyn Thompson.

Injuries make the running back situation interesting. Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times suggests that the last man standing will win the starting job for the majority of the season.