Stop us if you’ve heard this before since the Dallas Cowboys’ season ended, but the team has a receiver problem that needs solving. While CeeDee Lamb is entrenched as a top-eight or so wideout in the league, the former first-round pick didn’t receive much help from his teammates in 2022.
Michael Gallup is entering a make-or-break year after a disappointing campaign post-ACL surgery. It’s now been three years (2020 and 2019) since we’ve seen peak Gallup, and the memories of him posting around 65 catches for nearly 1,000 yards and five touchdowns per season are quickly fading.
There isn’t much else behind Lamb and Gallup. Noah Brown and TY Hilton are free agents, and Jalen Tolbert hardly sniffed the field as a rookie.
While the NFL Draft offers a path to bolster the WR room, the Cowboys could find some bargains in a less-than-stellar free agent class.
With that in mind, let’s rank the top available free agents wideouts.
Ranking available free agent wide receivers for the Cowboys
4. DJ Chark
Signing Chark might not move the needle for everyone, but he represents everything the Cowboys receiver room sorely lacked in 2022: size and ability to stretch the field. His lanky 6-foot-4 frame and 4.3 speed would be an excellent complement alongside do-it-all CeeDee Lamb and jump ball savant Michael Gallup.
Injuries have always been a question with Chark, and he missed Weeks 4-11 last season with an ankle injury. He played just four games in 2021 with the Jaguars, which ultimately saw him sign a one-year, prove-it deal with Detroit.
The Cowboys shouldn’t throw the proverbial bag at Chark, but something around $10-12 million annually would be fair relative to market value.
After all, the LSU product was instrumental in the Lions’ second-half turnaround after he returned from injury. He logged 90 or more receiving yards in three of six games, and finished top-15 at the position with 11 explosive receptions and 17.6 yards per catch during that same stretch.
If a field-stretcher is at the top of Dallas’ wishlist, Chark is that guy.