Cowboys Free Agency 2014: 10 Wide Receivers Dallas Should Target

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Last week, the Dallas Cowboys announced they were designating veteran wide receiver Miles Austin as a June 1st cut, making him a free agent. His exodus now leaves the Cowboys with a void at their third wide receiver position. Current Dallas wideouts Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley both have their limitations as receivers, making neither one a perfect candidate for the job to start alongside Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. It is expected the Cowboys will address this need via free agency and/or through the upcoming NFL draft in May.

With so many other holes to fill on their roster (especially defensively), and the fact that there are a lot of quality wideouts currently available, free agency may be the better route for the Cowboys to take. And a little veteran leadership within this team’s young wide receiver corps may be just what the doctor ordered. In the next few pages, you’ll find a list of ten current free agent wideouts who might fit very nicely into that third receiver role for Dallas.

Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) is taken down by Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) in the first quarter during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Burleson

Age: 33
Height / Weight: 6’0′ / 198
Former Team: Detroit Lions
2013 Stats: 39 recs, 461 yds, 1 TD
Career Stats: 457 recs, 5,630 yds, 39 TDs
2013 Salary: $2 million

Note: Burleson seems to be a stand-up guy who actually took a pay cut in 2013 to stay with the Lions. There is little doubt he has lost his speed at this point in his career, but he could still make an impact on and off the field as a veteran for Dallas. Last year’s numbers were also skewed due to Burleson sitting out more than a month after he broke his arm in a one-car accident. The cause of said accident: he was trying to save a deep-dish pepperoni pizza from falling.

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  • Old Frog

    I wouldn’t spend the money. Lots of quality WR’s in this draft and Beasley and Harris aren’t slouches.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Yes the Boys need more depth than just 4 WRs. Austin was wouldn’t help there since he is never available or productive. I am fine with Beasely and Harris as the starting slot receiver. They both can get it done. From there go to the draft.

  • SmartThinking

    Like DT’s, WR’s seem to pop out of the woodwork come pre-season work-outs time. Every one of these FA guys you’ve suggested have some significant degree of baggage they’re bringing with them, something Dallas needs no more of.

    Wait. There’ll be plenty of young, maliable WR’s show up after the draft for a lot less money and with no previous problems.

  • Chad

    Out of the list, Amendola is my favorite. But there are guys that are day 3 draft projections that would suit us just fine. L’Damian Washington, Shaq Evans, and Kevin Norwood are guys to keep an eye on.

  • elRey24

    I think the Cowboys should take a WR in the first round, especially if Marquise Lee is available. He would round out the offense and we would have one of the best WR corps in the league. Also sets up for a great future for the offense. We have vested heavily on defense in our past drafts like Crawford and we just need to let them play. We can draft more lineman and safeties the rest of the draft but we shouldnt pass on a stud like Lee