The Philadelphia Eagles’ release of DeSean Jackson has sent the NFL world into a frenzy with speculation regarding where he will sign. That frenzy is growing considerably each time a new report surfaces with information about yet another team reportedly interested in his services. Naturally, questions are being asked about the Dallas Cowboys’ chances of signing Jackson, so let’s cover that quickly before this gets out of hand.
For starters, the Cowboys have about as much chance of signing DeSean Jackson as they have signing Samuel L. Jackson. The team is cash-strapped and what little cap space is left has to be used on players to fill the roster on the defensive side of the ball and remainder must be saved to sign the Cowboys’ 2014 NFL Draft picks. Following the signing of backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, Dallas’ cap space is right at $7.16 million and if Jerry Jones wants to use any of that on big-time players, then those players need to be defensive linemen and/or defensive backs.
Considering all the weapons the Cowboys already have on offense, including a top-three-caliber receiver in Dez Bryant, wasting money on a player like Jackson would be incredibly foolish. First of all, he wouldn’t fit in the Cowboys’ offense at all and if you think he’s going to be the No. 1 receiver with whichever team he signs, you’ve got another thing coming.
Jackson is a fast, deep-threat receiver who can get behind opposing defenses and make home run plays at critical times. However, without a complementary underneath receiver to take at least part of the defense’s attention, he’ll be shut down. Remember how explosive Mike Wallace was with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he had guys like Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders to complement him? Now look at his numbers with the Miami Dolphins this past season as their No. 1 receiver. The same applies to Jackson: He won’t be that deep-threat weapon without a complementary receiver underneath.
Now the Cowboys could certainly find a way to use Jackson, even though he’s not exactly an ideal complement to a receiver like Bryant, but the financial situation means there’s no way Dallas can sign him and there’s absolutely no reason why it should even attempt to do so. If the Cowboys are to spend any of their minimal cap space, it has to be on defensive players or possibly a new right guard or potentially right tackle since Doug Free could move to guard. Wasting money on a player like Jackson right now is the worst thing the Cowboys could possibly do.