The Dallas Cowboys did not select a tight end, but we shouldn’t expect that the team completely trusts Blake Jarwin just yet.
Jarwin signed a three-year extension with the team after Jason Witten left for the Las Vegas Raiders. In 2019, Jarwin finished with 31 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns. If the Cowboys wanted to give Jarwin some support, then this tight end could be taken off the market.
With reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to trade tight end OJ Howard, the Cowboys could be a contender. He has two years left on his contract, one being a team option. It would not cost the Cowboys too much to get him either.
The Bucs just acquired Rob Gronkowski in a trade with the New England Patriots. With Tom Brady arriving in Tampa, Howard doesn’t fit in the team’s long term plans. It was made clear that he fell out of Bruce Arians’ favor last season.
In order to get this done, the Cowboys could ship a fifth-round pick for the 2021 draft. Howard has missed 10 games over the course of three seasons, and has yet to finish with more than 565 receiving yards in a single season.
The Bucs seem content with using just Cameron Brate and Gronk for now, so adding an additional draft pick would suffice.
Howard has been on the trade market for quite some time. He was one rumored to be a target by the Cowboys during last year’s regular season. The Patriots also had interest in the regular season, but never pulled the trigger.
If the Cowboys reached out, the team could likely get a deal done.