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Cowboys urged to sign controversial NFL record-breaking WR

While we appreciate the optimism of the good folks at Pro Football Focus, in a Cowboys context, we have to take umbrage with one of the site’s most recent articles, which proposes, as the headline reads, to identify : “One final offseason step for all 16 NFC teams.” With holes remaining on the roster and at least two major stars – Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb – needing expansion, we expect more than one final move from the Dallas Cowboys.

Still, the spot that PFF identifies as needing another body is obviously one that just about any observer would agree with: wide receiver. We can bet the Cowboys agree on that front, as they just had former Jaguars free-agent receiver Zay Jones visit.

Jones is a candidate to fill the role Michael Gallup struggled to fill before he was released in March, as a field stretcher alongside Lamb and Brandin Cooks. He’s also scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs, so bringing him to Dallas is a no-brainer.

And PFF has another suggestion: controversial former Saints star Michael Thomas, who was arguably the best receiver in the game in 2019 before a series of injuries, especially to his ankle, and intra-team battles with his coach and quarterback put a potentially derailed Hall. of Fame career.

Cowboys make sense for Michael Thomas

Dallas would be a sensible place for a talented star like Thomas to rebuild what remains of his career. He’s 31 years old, so his days of leading the league in receptions (he did that twice and set an NFL record for catches with 149 in 2019) and yardage (he did that once) are behind him . But he’s still a high-ceiling, low-risk gamble at a position of need for Dallas.

Wrote PFF, which also suggested speedy but inconsistent Chiefs receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling: “As things stand now, expect third-year wide receiver Jalen Tolbert to have a bigger role in the Cowboys offense, with the team having little to the position outside of him, Brandin Cooks and star CeeDee Lamb.

“Tolbert has seen just 39 targets in two NFL seasons, so Dallas could be a landing spot for Michael Thomas or even Marquez Valdes-Scantling.”

Thomas certainly needs a change of scenery as he struggled last year even after the departure of ex-Saints coach Sean Payton, with whom Thomas publicly feuded over the timing of his 2020 ankle surgery. He reached 2023 in total 448 yards in 10 games. with one touchdown catch.

Controversy has been a hallmark

But while the Cowboys could give Tolbert a chance to win the No. 3 job, they would be wise not to rely on him in the future. He was a 2022 third-round pick out of South Alabama and has recorded 24 catches for 280 yards with two touchdowns in his two seasons. He earned a grade of 56.5 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 103rdrd out of 128 receivers in the NFL.

By comparison, Thomas earned a career-low grade of 67.4 from PFF.

His departure from New Orleans was ugly, though, and that should give the Cowboys pause for thought. The team suggested several times that he had not been honest about his injuries, and the fact that he was given a record $97 million contract made him an easy target.

Thomas also had legal troubles last season as, according to ESPN, “he was arrested on charges of simple assault and criminal mischief” in November when he had an altercation with a contractor doing work near Thomas. The contractor accused Thomas of throwing a rock at his windshield.

It didn’t help that Thomas filed complaints on social media against new Saints quarterback Derek Carr, complaining that he wasn’t giving him the ball enough and that a “bad ball” caused Thomas to get injured.

So Thomas would undoubtedly come to the Cowboys with baggage. But he would also come with a very impressive resume.