With the start of free agency on the horizon, rumors about the Dallas Cowboys being interested in wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Kenny Britt emerge.
The Dallas Cowboys were not expected to be big players when it came to free agency this offseason. The Cowboys brass have gone on record saying they simply prefer to build their roster through the draft.
But with several of their own unrestricted free agents slated to hit the open market on Thursday, Dallas may have no other choice than to look to free agency to fill some of those voids.
With the official tampering period beginning on Tuesday, where prospective players and teams can begin talks, the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in two free agent wide receivers. That certainly makes sense as both Terrance Williams and Brice Butler are slated to hit free agency themselves.
According to the Washington Post, the Cowboys have inquired about former Washington Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The 30-year old is still the NFL’s top deep threat, something Dallas has needed in it’s receiver corps for years.
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Last season, Jackson led the NFL in average yards per reception with 17.9 (tied with New England’s Chris Hogan). He also posted his fifth 1,000-yard season as a receiver for the third time in the past four years. Like wine, Jackson seems to get better with age.
But Jackson’s price tag could be an obstacle. According to Spotrac.com, they believe his annual market value is $7.6 million. That may be too pricey for number two wide receiver in Dallas. Especially considering the Cowboys already have wide outs Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and tight end Jason Witten as high-volume passing targets.
Therefore, welcome in free agent wide receiver number two: Kenny Britt. According to Pro Football Talk, the Cowboys are interested in the former L.A. Rams wide out. A first round selection back in 2009 out of Rutgers, Britt spent his first five seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He averaged just over 32 receptions a year as a member of the Titans.
For the past three seasons, Britt has been with the Rams. The 6-foot-3, 223 pound receiver posted a career-high 68 receptions for 1,005 yards and five touchdowns in 2016. And that was with a very dysfunctional offense with both quarterbacks Case Keenum and Jared Goff under center.
Yet, according to Spotrac.com, the 28-year old’s estimated market value of $6.7 million a season, That isn’t that much less than Jackson’s $7.6 million.
Regardless, it’s clear the Cowboys appear to be preparing to move on from Williams, and possibly Butler, in Dallas. And they could be interested in bringing in a veteran over a rookie at that position. Unfortunately, it looks like the Cowboys may have to overpay one in order to do so.