The Dallas Cowboys lost one of their starting cornerbacks thanks to the Orlando Scandrick suspension. While it looked like the Cowboys would just adjust things to give some young players a chance to prove themselves behind Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, Dallas added some depth. ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Dallas Cowboys traded defensive lineman Ben Bass to the New England Patriots for cornerback Justin Green.
While losing any defensive lineman following the free agent defections by DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher and an injury to replacement Hendy Melton, the loss of Orlando Scandrick seemed to spook the Cowboys. According to Jason Garrett, the Melton injury was just a groin “tweak” and he should return after sitting out for a few days. It wasn’t enough to make Ben Bass anything more than an expendable piece of the puzzle. Plus, Anthony Spencer is expected back around four weeks into the NFL season.
Bass has also been out this training camp with a hamstring injury and missed the 2013 NFL season with a shoulder injury. In his Dallas Cowboys career, Bass played in two games and has a total of one tackle, assisted, in his NFL career. Bass, an undrafted 2012 free agent from the Texas A&M Aggies who only started three games in his college career. Honestly, his loss is minimal for the Cowboys and there is a chance he won’t even make the Patriots’ roster.
For Dallas Cowboys’ fans, Justin Green was an undrafted rookie out of Illinois in 2013. He played in two games for the Patriots last season and didn’t record a single stat. In Dallas, Green will compete with Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb and Terrance Mitchell for a spot on the Cowboys’ roster. The Cowboys will likely keep five cornerbacks, meaning that one of these players probably won’t make the final squad.