3 free agent wide receivers Cowboys should pursue this offseason
1. JuJu Smith- Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cowboys used 11 personnel (1 running back, 1 tight end, 3 wide receivers) 67% of the time last season. So, JuJu Smith-Schuster would be another great fit alongside Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.
Smith-Schuster is coming off a year where he only played five games due to a shoulder sprain. That will most likely affect his price in the market. According to PFF, Smith-Schuster is projected to receive a one-year, $8 million contract. Another number that should be within the Cowboys range and may even go down due to his inability to play in most of 2021.
It helps that the former USC Trojan spent Super Bowl week with Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott. He already has an appreciation for Prescott calling him a “great quarterback,” and he complimented the Cowboys facilities. If Dallas signs Smith-Schuster, he will most likely be used a majority in the slot.
In 2020, his last full season, Smith-Schuster played 82.2% of the snaps in the slot and he had 97 receptions for 831 yards. He also has great hands. According to Player Profiler, Smith-Schuster dropped a total of zero passes in 2020. That would be huge for the Cowboys because their receivers have tended to drop passes over the last few years.
Adding any of these three wide receivers will help replace what the Cowboys may lose in free agency. These receivers are all impact players and would be great additions in Dallas.