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.
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.