As owner Jerry Jones intimated, only time will tell if the Dallas Cowboys will be going “all in” when free agency opens. Numerous well-known great receivers could be available.
One of the players scheduled to enter free agency is wide receiver Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Is the Cowboys trying to pair CeeDee Lamb with another elite receiver? Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report is advising Dallas not to pursue Evans.
“When free agency officially opens on March 13, there’s a very good chance that Dallas will be in the wide receiver market,” Knox wrote in a story published on February 12, 2024, under the heading “Cowboys’ Top Players to Avoid in 2024 NFL Free Agency.” “Although the Cowboys currently have some good depth, receivers Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup might potentially lose their contracts due to cap issues.
But Evans, who will also be 31 in August, will also be paid a big salary. Dallas probably couldn’t afford his estimated $23.8 million yearly market value without a back-loaded agreement, Knox continued.
Evans is probably beyond the Cowboys’ budget, especially in light of the fact that CeeDee Lamb is expected to receive a large contract extension. According to Spotrac’s forecasts, Dallas will exceed the salary cap by almost $20 million in 2024.
To stay below the cap for the upcoming season, the Cowboys still have some work to do. Evans recently finished a five-year, $82 million contract, for background.
According to Spotrac, Evans’ market worth is expected to be $95.3 million over four years. For a 30-year-old playmaker who fills in as a team’s second wide receiver, that’s a big contract.
“We can’t afford to commit a ton of future salary to Evans, who might only be a temporary fix at the receiver position anyway, with contract extensions for both Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb looming.”
Evans would offer Dallas a tall, strong receiver who is a premier red zone threat, which would be a good match for the franchise. The Cowboys’ 2023 red zone difficulties have a lot of historical history.
Evans has scored ten touchdowns or more in three of the previous four seasons. In 17 games, the star wide receiver has shown that he hasn’t lost a stride, hauling in 79 grabs for 1,255 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Cowboys’ current cap dilemma includes Dak Prescott’s $59.4 million cap hit. Prescott’s four-year, $160 million contract is about to expire. Dallas has the opportunity to reduce the quarterback’s cap number through an extension.
For three of the past four seasons, Evans has participated in at least 16 games, demonstrating his extraordinary durability. There are many benefits to Evans donning a star on his helmet. However, the cost to implement it would probably render the notion unfeasible.
Prescott’s motivation to engage in negotiations this offseason isn’t shared by everybody. Given his no-franchise tag clause, Prescott has a lot of leverage, as ESPN’s Dan Graziano notes.
In a story titled “Super Bowl buzz: Latest on NFL free agency, draft, coaches,” published on February 10, Graziano elaborated, saying, “We shouldn’t assume the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott will agree on a contract extension before the start of the 2024 season.” “There are a number of reasons, but the primary ones are that Prescott has historically refused to back down in contract negotiations and has unprecedented contract leverage.”