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Today is Valentine’s Day, and with this special occasion comes the Valentine’s Day wish list! Here are five wishes that, if fulfilled, would make the Cowboys bigger and better heading into the 2017 season.

  1. Trade up in the draft for Myles Garrett

A trade this monumental seems absolutely ludicrous and highly unlikely, but that is the exact reason this wish sits at the top of the list. Garrett has proven to be an elite pass rusher, possessing tremendous agility and explosiveness off the edge. In 2016, the Texas A&M product registered 8.5 sacks and 33 total tackles, along with two forced fumbles, ten quarterback hurries, and one blocked punt. Plus, ESPN published a video last week that featured Garrett pleading to Jerry Jones to bring him to Dallas and to not let him go to the Cleveland Browns (Garrett later admitted this video was a joke—but still). Garrett would fill a huge need on defense if this acquisition magically came true.

  1. Sign Victor Cruz during free agency

Bring some salsa to Dallas! With wide receiver Terrance Williams set to hit free agency, the Cowboys desperately need someone not named Cole Beasley to complement Dez Bryant. It could be argued that Cruz has taken a turn for the worse due to both age and his lengthy injury history, but his dependability on the field this year with the New York Giants showed that there is still something there. Furthermore, the determination of this guy is unreal—he is motivated to fight through any and all setbacks. The Cowboys should either target Cruz or Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but, with his own degree of showmanship, Bryant might have trouble pairing with the glitz and glamour of Jackson.

  1. Trade Tony Romo to either the Denver Broncos or Houston Texans

Let’s be honest—given Romo’s age and recent bouts with injuries, the Cowboys would not be able to get more than a mid-round draft pick at best for Romo. Nevertheless, fans of football in general want to see Romo succeed, especially since he still has the will to compete and win. Put him on a team that has a good defense such as the Broncos or Texans, and Romo will be doing nothing but winning. The problem, of course, arises with Romo’s current contract. No team wants to trade for Romo and acquire his expensive contract. This wish would go unfulfilled, but Jerry Jones might need to look out for Romo and cut him, leaving Romo free to go where he wants.

  1. Re-sign cornerback Morris Claiborne

Claiborne and fellow cornerback Brandon Carr are both unrestricted free agents. Carr should end up walking given his sharp decline in production, but Claiborne’s status is up in the air still. Although he only played in seven games this season, the fifth-year cornerback arguably just had his breakout season. With safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox also entering free agency, the thin secondary of the Cowboys desperately needs solid production, and Claiborne can provide that.

  1. Ensure the return of tight end Jason Witten

Word spread like wildfire after the Cowboys exit from the playoffs that Witten was mulling retirement. The future hall of famer has spoiled Dallas for 14 straight years with his immense skill set, logging 1,089 catches, 11,888 yards, and 63 touchdowns over that span. Witten further proved this year that he could still play with 69 catches, 673 yards, and three touchdowns. The high-powered Dallas offense needs a tight end who can both block and catch downfield, and Witten can continue to provide that.

Photo: Brady Lunt (Fansided)

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