The Dallas Cowboys should be active in the wide receiver market this offseason with Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Malik Turner all set to hit free agency. In the case, they do not re-sign any of those players (and the reality is that they won’t be able to afford all of them), they will need to look elsewhere for receivers that can fit into this offense.
Taking into account the limited cap space the Cowboys will have, I found three wide receivers that will immediately upgrade the offense without breaking the bank. Each guy will bring something unique to the offense that will hopefully fill the gap left by the departed free agents. Of course, the Cowboys can also look for wide receiver talent in the 2022 NFL Draft, but they also need to consider drafting talent for the offensive and defensive line.
3 free agent wide receivers that could be good fits for the Dallas Cowboys
3. Odell Beckham Jr., Los Angeles Rams
This may be a surprising choice to some knowing he just tore his ACL in the Super Bowl and will most likely miss the start of next season. But, the current expectation for recovering from his injury is 6-9 months.
Beckham revamped his career in his very short time with the Los Angeles Rams. He reeled in 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in only eight games. He looked explosive and made a bunch of huge plays for the Rams in the playoffs (including the first touchdown in the Super Bowl before getting hurt).
Pro Football Focus had Beckham’s contract projection at one year for $14 million, but that was before he got injured. Now that he is set to miss a portion of next season, the Cowboys could swoop him and get him on a discount.
I think his contract will most likely settle in around the $5-7 million per year range. That seems like a number that Dallas can afford. Beckham is a versatile player that still strikes fear in defenses. He can be used as both a slot or outside receiver and fill the void that might be left by Gallup.
The Cowboys will have to restructure some contracts to free up cap space, but once they do that Beckham should be one of the first wide receivers on their radar.