The Dallas Cowboys are in need of a speedy wide receiver. But is Washington Redskin free agent DeSean Jackson even a consideration?
With both Terrance Williams and Brice Butler free agents this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys could potentially be in need of some help at wide receiver. If neither is re-signed, would Dallas look to free agency in order to find a solid number two receiver to play opposite of All-Pro Dez Bryant?
Many would say the Cowboys prefer to look to the draft to fill their needs. But there are only so many draft choices available. And finding a quality veteran with experience in free agency does have value.
If the Cowboys opt to look at the open market to find a wide out, is Washington Redskins’ receiver DeSean Jackson a consideration? Apparently, one unnamed NFL scout thinks so.
"“One scout believes Jackson will end up in either New England or Dallas, with the Patriots being the more likely choice.” – Mike Freeman, NFL National Lead Writer via Bleacher Report"
The Cowboys certainly know a lot about Jackson, as he’s been a thorn in their side with two different NFC East rivals. A second round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2008, DeSean spent his first six seasons in Philly. Jackson has been a member of the Redskins for the past three years.
Last season, Jackson recorded 56 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns. His stellar speed makes him the top deep threat in the league, and he has been for years. Jackson averaged 17.9 yards per catch in 2016. That was tied for first among all NFL wide receivers.
Could the Cowboys used that kind of speed on their receiver corps? Absolutely. But at what cost? Jackson counted just over $24 million against the Redskins salary cap over the past three seasons. Sportrac.com estimates the 30-year old’s market value to be a $7.6 million average annual salary.
Last year, the Cowboys only kept five wide receivers on their active roster. With Williams and Butler scheduled to hit free agency and Lucky Whitehead‘s future cloudy in Dallas, this positional group could suddenly look barren.
But adding Jackson to the receiver corps in Dallas, although it would certainly make things exciting on the field, only addresses one need out of several. I’m just not sure the Cowboys brass are willing to commit that much money to a number two wide receiver at this point. Unfortunately, Dallas isn’t only one player away. And if they were, that one player would be a pass rusher, not a receiver.