According to what TheRanchReport.com is hearing, the Dallas Cowboys are close to finalizing a trade with the Dolphins that would send DT Jason Ferguson to Miami for at least a sixth-round draft pick.
Multiple picks could be involved, but at this point, TheRanchReport.com is hearing only a sixth-round pick has been promised.
If Ferguson is traded, he will free up approximately $2.5 million in cap room for the Cowboys as they enter the heart of free agency.
Dallas was estimated to be around $7 million under the cap before the re-signing of Flozell Adams earlier Thursday.
Ferguson missed 15 games last season due to a torn biceps tendon suffered during the season opener against the New York Giants. In 2006, his second season with the Cowboys, he recorded 46 total tackles and was instrumental in the second year of the 3-4 scheme under Bill Parcells.
If the Cowboys do elect to part ways with the 11-year veteran out of Georgia, an immediate need will be magnified on the defensive line.
Dallas must add depth at nose tackle in its 3-4 scheme, either in free agency or the draft.
The team added the services of Tank Johnson halfway through the 2007 season but his production was moderate at best. It took him three games to get back into football shape before he was anywhere close to what he was with the Chicago Bears the year before.
In eight games he recorded 11 total tackles and two sacks. In 2008, it would safe to say much more will be expected of Johnson.
Jay Ratliff also performed admirably inside, but he could better suited at defensive end long-term.
Regardless, it's clear the Cowboys need more help at nose tackle, especially with Ferguson potentially out of the mix.
Ferguson Trade Rumors Updated
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