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Friday, May 9, 2014
Cowboys not afraid to deal with Redskins

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- With the Dallas Cowboys giving up the 47th and 78th picks in order to move up to take Demarcus Lawrence with the 34th pick, fans will forever be interested in how Trent Murphy and Spencer Long turn out for the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins took Murphy, a defensive end/outside linebacker, in the second round and Long, a guard, in the third with the picks they acquired from the Cowboys.

The Cowboys acknowledged they might have given up too much to get Lawrence, but the need for a pass rusher was too great.

It was so great that they were willing to make a deal with an NFC East foe. This was the fifth time the Cowboys have made a trade with the Redskins. The last time they made a trade this high in the draft with a division foe came in 2010 when they picked Sean Lee with the 55th pick. In 2007, they made a move into the first round to take Anthony Spencer with the Eagles' top pick.

The Cowboys were not deterred in giving a division foe more picks.

"That can cut both ways and if you have confidence in what you're doing, then you feel like you are helping yourself through your division opponent," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "It depends on how you feel about the deal. Obviously you don't do it unless you think you are getting something more than you are giving up."