The Dallas Cowboys’ potential solution to their latest wide receiver crisis is waiting to be offered a contract that will never come from his hometown team.
Despite the Cowboys’ insistence that Tony Pollard is their slot, a reunion with Cole Beasley makes sense on many levels, but it’s never going to happen.
Cole is not a shot guy.
One of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys traded No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns during the offseason in exchange for an autographed picture of Baker Mayfield is the reception.
Cooper did not get the COVID shot and missed two games as a result, both losses. That didn’t sit well with a coaching staff and owner/GM trying to do everything possible to win.
Cooper is gone, CeeDee Lamb is moving into the No. 1 WR role and the team signed veteran James Washington to provide help on the outside as Michael Gallup recovers from a torn ACL suffered in January.
Now Washington will be out at least the first two months of the regular season after breaking a bone in his foot during a drill Monday at training camp in Oxnard.
I’m not sure when Gallup will be ready, but it won’t be until Week 1. I hope he’s back to his pre-injury self by Week 8.
That leaves Lamb to run with a cast from the hit game show, “Can You Name This Receiver?”
The Cowboys will likely wait until the end of training camp to determine if they should bring in a veteran.
They are doing it.
Asking rookie third-round pick out of South Alabama Jalen Tolbert to be a Week 1 starter is asking CeeDee Lamb to be triple-teamed.
For now, the Cowboys will run with Tolbert, Simi Fehoko, former TCU star KaVonte Turpin and perhaps TJ Vasher with Pollard as receivers to complement Lamb.
If that’s the Cowboys starting receiver in Week 1, quarterback Dak Prescott will have to ask for a trade.
Giving Dak this group of receivers for one regular season NFL game doesn’t give a team the best chance to win. You take risk because you are cheap.
There are a few veterans waiting to be signed, most notably Odell Beckham, TY Hilton and Beasley. Beckham is still recovering from a knee injury suffered in the Rams’ Super Bowl win, so he’s not likely to be available anytime soon.
If the Cowboys are only looking for help on the outside, Hilton is a better fit.
If the Cowboys plan to rely on Pollard as a slot receiver, that’s a big ask for someone who has never done it on a consistent basis.
If they are serious about upgrades for Prescott, Beasley is the guy. He played the last three years for the Buffalo Bills, who cut him in the offseason after failing to find a trade partner.
He’s 33 and has played 10 years in the NFL, the first seven with the Cowboys.
He would return to the Cowboys if offered a contract.
Don’t wait to be offered one.
Like Cooper, Beasley made a choice about the COVID vaccine, and there are consequences.
While Cooper has been silent on his feelings and refused to get the shot, no player in the NFL has been more vocal in slamming the COVID shots and the COVID protocols than Cole Beasley.
Beasley proudly didn’t take the shot, didn’t wear a mask, and boldly took to Twitter to raise “questions” about the protocols.
He tested positive for COVID in December and missed the Bills’ game against the New England Patriots as a result.
Even though his production dipped last season, he still had 82 catches and still has value as a down receiver, an outlet for any quarterback.
Don’t think for a second that his straight-talking attitude didn’t weigh on the Bills’ decision to give up on him.
It doesn’t mean it’s over.
Given his height, Beasley has always drawn comparisons to former Patriots wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. Amendola played until he was 36 and Edelman retired at 34.
Beasley has something left.
Cole Beasley returning to the Cowboys on a one-year deal makes sense, but it won’t happen because he no longer fits.
He exercised his right to not shoot and the Cowboys made it clear what they thought of these guys.
Ask Amari Cooper.