2017 NFL free agency begins today. With Terrance Williams and Brice Butler both on the market as free agents and Lucky Whitehead’s future unsure, Dallas may very well be in search of a new receiver. Could veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson find a home as a Cowboy?
Jackson has posed a challenge to Dallas as a part of both the Eagles and the Redskins in the last nine years. His speed would undoubtedly be an asset, as a complement to Dez Bryant and as a consistent deep threat. Last year alone, Jackson attained 56 receptions for over 1000 yards. He was also able to average 18 yards a catch, tied for first in the league in the category.
A veteran of Dallas’s division, Jackson has established himself as a threat to all defenses of the East. With electric moves and dangerously quick feet over almost 10 years in the League, Dallas would extinguish the risk of signing an inconsistent or unproven athlete.
Signing the veteran would fill a void of the receiving core and would more than likely eliminate concerns of finding a skilled receiver in the upcoming draft. However, is he too high of a price to pay? DeSean has an estimated yearly salary of 7.6 million and could very well ask for more. Cowboys staff must determine if the benefits of the tenured professional outweigh the charge of acquiring him.
Although Desean Jackson is clearly not the sole missing link to this Dallas team, his signing could be very valuable. If gaining a respected and beneficial receiver, undoubtedly the offense would be curtailing worries and making great strides. Nonetheless, such an addition does not take away from the definite holes to fill on the defensive end as we continue to build the road to a successful 2017 season.
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