The Dallas Cowboys have to big questions facing them this offseason. But one answer is not signing free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of an electric season in which they saw a traumatic rebirth. The team will now handle some house keeping as they look to re-sign their own players and figure out a draft strategy. Before all of that thought, the team will have to work on a gameplan for free agency.
With that in mind, the Cowboys are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Dallas will likely need a new wide receiver to fill the void left by impending free agents Brice Butler and Terrance Williams. At least one, if not both, of these Dallas receivers will probably hit the open market. If so, would Garcon be a reasonably priced alternative?
Now, this year’s class of free agents is one of the scarce in recent memory. So Garcon is likely drawing more eyes than he typically would. But the veteran wide out is 30-years old and has only posted two 1,000 yard seasons in his nine-year career. Garcon has always been the second fiddle in every NFL offense he has been in.
Last season, Garcon posted 79 receptions for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. But the former sixth round selection by the Indianapolis Colts back in 2008 had a whopping $10.2 million cap hit in 2016. According the ESPN, Garcon is expected to garner a $9 million per year payday in free agency this offseason.
Garcon could certainly be a capable target in this Dallas offense. But more often than not free agent additions are not as productive as advertised. And for that price tag, you absolutely must get a player that produces on a regular basis and on a very high level!
The 2017 NFL Draft is also especially deep for wide receivers, so the team could find their next productive passing target there instead. In my opinion, this young Dallas Cowboys squad does not need to splurge for Garcon’s services, no matter the price.