Brace yourselves Cowboys fans. Cole Beasley is a free agent and looking at his recent Twitter activity, he could be leaving Dallas. Go ahead and add slot receiver to your list of team needs heading into the offseason.
According to Beasley, the Cowboys front office “pushes” for who they want to get the passes and he wants more than the 3 or 4 chances he’s been getting. Do these sound like the words of a guy who wants to re-sign with his team for the next season? Beasley hasn’t ruled out coming back but his latest commentary is very telling.
Earlier this year, there were rumors that Dallas wanted to extend Beasley but a low ball negotiation scrapped the potential deal further dividing the team and its longtime slot receiver. So now the problem is two-fold, what is his role and what’s a fair price?
After a down season in 2017, Beasley bounced back this year. He finished with 65 grabs for 672 yards and 3 TDs. Those are some of the best numbers from the slot in the NFL. But like many receivers, he wants more.
Dallas is currently making changes to the offensive coaching staff, and whoever ends up being the offensive coordinator could use a handy route runner out of the slot who “can’t be covered” according to Troy Aikman. It’s a passing league and Beasley has proven he can move the chains.
Dallas is in a tough spot offensively. Beasley is now a free agent on a young team and he’ll be 30 soon. Clearly, he’s not happy with his role in Dallas but how many teams design their offense to run through their slot receiver? He totaled 87 targets on the year which is the second most in his career.
Maybe the new offensive coaching staff will woo Beasley with a new scheme that will get him the looks he feels he deserves. Cooper, Gallup, and Beasley is a nice 3 receiver set for Dak and the offense to work with. A legit tight end could also open up the middle for Beasley and he could be even more dangerous working one-on-one.
The Cowboys don’t have a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, but there are some intriguing options the Boys could grab later. They also could look to add a player in free agency but guys like Randall Cobb, Golden Tate, and Adam Humphries are going to want to get paid too.
The Cowboys have a ton of work to do this offseason. Demarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones, and even an Amari Cooper extension might come first on the team’s to-do list. Beasley still has “too much sauce”, but his days as a Cowboy might be over.
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