The 2015 whirlwind of an NFL season is officially over. That means the Dallas Cowboys’ debacle-like season is done and we can now focus on the offseason. One of the key parts of this year’s offseason will be in free agency. The reason is because what the Cowboys will do in free agency will dictate what they’ll do in the 2016 NFL Draft.
In 2016, Dez Bryant will return to full health, something that he really hasn’t been since the end of last year. I fully expect the Cowboys to draft a receiver early in this year’s draft. However, that doesn’t exactly mean the Cowboys shouldn’t look into signing one.
Terrance Williams hasn’t lived up to his draft hype and Devin Street really is just terrible. I see a future for Brice Butler in Dallas, but I think it’s time for the Cowboys to look into adding an explosive receiver, one who can take the top off the defense and add an extra element to Tony Romo’s offense. The player that fits that role is none other than Travis Benjamin.
Playing the past four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Benjamin has played the role of a deep-ball receiver. However, despite playing with Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel, Benjamin had a career season, hauling in 68 passes for just under 1,000 yards as well as five touchdowns.
At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Benjamin doesn’t have excellent size, but he’s an elusive receiver that can be a huge weapon in Dallas. By having a guy like Benjamin, the Cowboys are able to space out the defense and allow guys like Bryant, Jason Witten, and Cole Beasley to have more of an advantage with whomever they’re going up against.
Even though Benjamin had a great season, the reality is that he won’t get paid big bucks, and that’s simply because of the garbage-time numbers he posted in Cleveland. That means the Cowboys will be in play for Benjamin if he does become available. Adding a player like Benjamin would give the Cowboys a young receiver who would be able to exploit defenses and expand the playbook.