Report: Cowboys tried to trade back into first round for Paxton Lynch

Thirty minutes before the 2016 NFL Draft, reports of the Cowboys' interest in trading back into the first round to grab Paxton Lynch began to leak (via ESPN's Adam Schefter). It turns out that's exactly what the Cowboys reportedly tried to do. 

As ESPN's Ed Werder reported, the Cowboys tried to land Tony Romo's successor during Thursday night's draft. 

Instead, it was the Broncos who traded up with the Seahawks to draft Lynch, who became the third quarterback to come off the board at No. 26. The Broncos gave up a third-round pick for the right to select Lynch.

So the Cowboys still are left without a long-term solution at the position. Romo, while still a very good quarterback, is 36 and is coming off a season that saw him break his collarbone twice. 

With developmental prospects like Christian Hackenberg still on the board, could the Cowboys still be interested in snagging someone to sit behind Romo? Don't rule it out. They've reportedly tried to trade for one already and Jerry Jones is intent on allowing a quarterback to earn a "Harvard degree" of quarterbacking behind Romo.

UPDATE: Well, here's the Cowboys' reported offer ...

So yeah, Jerry Jones wasn't messing around.

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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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