Texans Trade Eli Ankou To Cowboys

The Texans have traded defensive tackle Eli Ankou to the Cowboys, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The deal will be finalized on Monday, pending the results of Ankou’s COVID-19 test. In exchange, the Texans will receive a seventh-round pick.

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Ankou will help Dallas fill the gap following the release of defensive tackle Dontari Poe. This marks the 26-year-old’s third stop of the season — he started out with the Colts before being claimed by the Texans earlier this month. He did not suit up for Houston this season, but he does have 20 career appearances to his credit with the Colts, Browns, and Jaguars.

Ankou, a former undrafted free agent out of UCLA, will be watching from a distance as the Cowboys face the Eagles on Sunday night. Instead, he’ll have his first chance to debut the following week against the Steelers. The Cowboys still have time for additional moves before the Tuesday deadline, but they’re not expected to make a huge splash. Meanwhile, other would-be contenders like the Vikings may be gearing up for a weekend fire sale.

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  1. bogs79

    The Cowboys are down with the Jets for the worst team in the NFL. This trade does not move the needle. Jerry & Stephen need to be accumulating draft picks not trading them away.

    • zephyrcowboyfan

      So what you’re saying is that none of the Cowboys’ MANY injured starters will never return?
      Somehow people think that Dallas sucks because their third-stringers don’t play as well as the starters. Or that Jerry sucks because his ENTIRE starting OL is out, the QB is out, starting LBs out, starting DBs out, and even 2nd-stringers are injured. The Eagles have similar issues (esp. WR), but they don’t suck. Because Jeff Lurie isn’t obnoxious.
      Fire sale is not the answer. They have an immediate need at DT. Notice that Dontari Poe got NO interest trade-wise when Cowboys tried to acquire a draft pick for him. Cowboys need interior DL help, not a rebuild.

      • bogs79

        Hmm … guess you weren’t watching the games earlier in the season when everyone was healthy (minus Collins)? They would be winless were it not for Atlanta and the Giants botching the ends of their games and laying back while up.

        To your point: the entire OL is out (for the year … and yes, Tyron is likely done, so next year, you have 2 solid OL, not 5) , the entire DL has underperformed (DeMarcus included), the LB crew is back but ineffective and broken, the secondary is the worst in the NFL … but ya know, the Cowboys should try just trade away collateral for stopgap options in a lost season, because that makes a ton of sense. ????? when you need an upgrade in at least 13 starting positions.

        The reason publicly why the Cowboys are doing this is because Jerry and Stephen believe that the division title is theirs to lose this year. Which is of course just what they say publicly on the Dallas media pressers that I get to locally hear each week. The real reason is that they are terrified that if a rebuild is perceived, their ratings will plummet.

        Problem is … they already are irrelevant this season. They think they can pay everyone like a top 3 player at their position when their contract is up for negotiation (Elliott, Dak, Martin, Cooper, Lawrence) but that’s no way to build a team. The lack of depth, both on the positions overall of the starters and 2nd string, as a result, is horrid.

        That’s the reason why the Chiefs can lose almost their entire o line and still steamroll their opponents. Because they understand next man up, as both a playing mentality and a roster construction mentality.

        Let’s not even go with where the Cowboys could be if they just followed a general consensus draft board. If Jerry and Stephen has their wish, their only hit in recent draft pick memory, Dak, would have been Paxton Lynch instead. That was sheer luck.

        • dmarcus15

          Mark my word when they start paying Mahomes his extension the same thing will happen

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