Dallas Cowboys to entertain puzzling duo of free agents

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Justin Hunter /

With reports of the Dallas Cowboys bringing in a few free agent wide receivers for visits, the biggest question seems to be the choice of position.

The pool from which to choose appears to be shallow. The draft appears to be quite deep at the position. Yet, here are the Dallas Cowboys, entertaining a couple of free agent wide receivers.

Dontrelle Inman and Justin Hunter will be visiting The Star today. One or both could conceivably be new members of the Dallas Cowboys.

The biggest question, however, appears to be why?

Why these two guys?

Why this position?

Neither player is going to usurp the top three options on this team.  Neither player has extensive experience on special teams. The reasoning seems to be more than just a little baffling.

First, let’s take a look at each player’s NFL resume.

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Inman started his career with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. In four years, Inman has played in 49 games. His best season was in 2016 when he caught 58 balls for 810 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Last season, Inman was traded to the Bears where he never really caught on.

Hunter was a second round selection of Tennessee in 2013, a year prior to Inman’s arrival in the league.  For a second round selection, he’s been largely disappointing. Hunter has never had more than 30 catches, 500 yards or 5 touchdowns in any one season.  While he is fast, speed is not the only prerequisite to being a receiver.

So, why would the Cowboys even bother with either of these two guys?

Currently, Dez Bryant is the clear number one wide receiver on this team.  I have been quite vocal, as recently as Sunday, championing his need to be on this team in 2018.

If the plan, dumb as it sounds, is to let Bryant go, you would hope that Dallas would use the 19th overall pick to replace him.  Trying to do so with Inman or Hunter will not work.

Next in line to eat, depending on your opinion, is either Terrance Williams, Jason Witten or Cole Beasley.

Say what you like about T-Will, at best, Inman is still a notch below him.  Hunter is as well.  Witten and Beasley do most of their work over the middle, something neither of these visitors do.

There is also the presence of Ryan Switzer on the roster.  If the intent is to see what you have with him for the future, the need for Inman or Hunter is minimal.

Lastly, there is the whole dynamic of this offense.  The Cowboys are team that focus on running the ball first.  Having mediocre weaponry on the outside isn’t going to open up running lanes.

Truth be told, the Cowboys would be much better off utilizing the draft to acquire their fifth receiver.  There are literally ten guys who could all be chosen within the first 50 picks of this draft.

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It makes much more sense for Dallas to use one of their first selections on this position than dabble in free agency.  Not only due to their own philosophies regarding free agency, but also the opportunities available in the draft.

As always, you never know what to think when it comes to this team and free agency.