Jerry Jones said on Tuesday that it's "unlikely" that the team will trade up in Thursday's NFL Draft.
It's much more probable, he said, that they will trade down for more picks in later rounds, though he downplayed the possibility that any potential trade would involve a current player. Predictably though, Jones wouldn't rule anything out, and he continued to state that several teams have contacted Valley Ranch about possible trades involving veterans.
"It just doesn't happen very often," Jones said, per ESPNDallas.com. "Not on the clock, or not there. You can go right to the clock. Now you've certainly, usually have had some inkling or discussion that there might be some interest there especially if there were any contracts to be involved, relative to reworking contracts and that's going to be done in five minutes or six minutes.
"But still, I've entertained it right then and on the clock especially in the first and second round."
The owner/general manager wouldn't identify the teams or players involved, but Marcus Spears and Marion Barber seem good guesses, though Barber's contract could serve as a hindrance for potentially interested teams. Spears is set to make just $1.226 million this year, the last of his deal, and earns his keep as a deft run-stopper.
Martellus Bennett might be another option, though Jerry turned down a deal that would have sent Bennett to Cincinnati last season--a roundly disappointing season, as far as Bennett was concerned.