1. His Potential & His Age
After sitting out his rookie season in 2018 with a shoulder injury, Wilson has clearly become a “super-sub” in his fourth year with the Cowboys. The 26-year-old has steadily improved in every season that he has played. Even with only 61 targets and four games started, Wilson quickly showed that he was worthy of a roster spot.
If he showed promise with only 61 targets, imagine the potential this young receiver has. As a fourth receiver, he ended this season with career-high stats across the board: 45 catches for 602 yards, 6 touchdowns, 36 yards in punt returns, and went 3-for-3 passing on gadget plays. Sure. He did make a questionable toss in the Wild Card game, but thankfully that didn’t affect his current perfect passer rating.
Perhaps the most shocking part about Wilson’s rise to success is that he caught 73.8% of his targets. That puts him above big names like Adam Thielen and Davante Adams. Plus, at only 26 and with so few snaps played, it seems like Wilson’s best years are ahead of him. He has the innate skill and talent to help any roster.
Plus, Wilson has been quoted to say that he sees Dallas as his home. Many money-hungry players will flock to whoever gives them the most cash. And while Wilson does deserve a pay raise, it seems he wants to make his money with the Cowboys. There’s also comfort in knowing that he has experience, rhythm, and reps with QB Dak Prescott
Dallas’ WR Trio is full of young and exciting talent, but why get rid of Wilson to likely land on someone older and more worn down for the same price? We understand that the receiver likely won’t be a priority this offseason, but if Dallas chooses to get rid of someone like Gallup or Cooper to free up cap space, having Wilson on the roster is far from a bad thing. He’s proven that with his 2021 stats.