A former Dallas Cowboys receiver could soon be preparing to land on a contender.
According to a report by Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, ex-Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is attracting “serious interest” and “contract offers” from multiple teams.
“Veteran slot wide receiver Cole Beasley remains a free agent. It’s a voluntary decision though, while waiting for the right opportunity,” Wilson says. “Beasley is receiving serious interest and contract offers from multiple NFL teams and he can afford to be selective in choosing the right fit and ideally join a competitor, according to league sources.”
Beasley, 33, remains a free agent after the season begins. For the past three seasons, Beasley has been one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets with the Buffalo Bills. The veteran receiver actually had a career-high 82 receptions last season after catching 82 balls in the 2020 season.
However, it may be clear that the 10-year veteran is slowing down a bit. Beasley averaged just 8.5 yards per reception last season, a significant drop from the 11.8 yards per reception he averaged in the 2020 season. His 693 receiving yards was a drastic decrease from the 967 receiving yards he produced during the 2020 season.
That being said, it remains one of the most reliable options in the slot. According to Pro Football Focus, Beasley posted an 84.9 offensive grade and an excellent 90.7 drop grade during the 2020 season. He finished 13th in the offense class and fourth in the drop class among all receivers that season.
Wilson reports that it’s only a “matter of time” before Beasley hooks up with another NFL team.
“Beasley, 33, is one of the best free agents,” says Wilson. “NFL teams, including head coaches, have scrambled to recruit Beasley. It’s seen as a matter of time before he joins a team that doesn’t currently have a deal imminent or developing, the sources said.
Beasley spent seven seasons with the Cowboys (2012 to 2018) and became one of Dak Prescott’s favorite targets. The 5-foot-8, 174-pound receiver averaged 70 receptions, 753 yards and four touchdowns during his 2016 and 2018 seasons with the Cowboys.
The slot specialty recipient actually teased a reunion with the Cowboys ahead of the start of the season.
Considering the Cowboys’ lack of reception depth — Michael Gallup and James Washington remain injured — Beasley could be a reliable veteran option for Dallas. Especially given that Prescott will be sidelined for at least a month due to his thumb injury, Beasley could offer a safety blanket to Cooper Rush.
It looks like the Cowboys aren’t making a deal for a quarterback after all.
After Prescott’s injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, team owner Jerry Jones revealed Dallas likely won’t trade for another quarterback. Instead, they will continue with Cooper Rush until Prescott is ready to return.
“These people [Rush and Grier] know the offense well, have a lot of replays in it, so we’re doing our best,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ. “It’s unlikely because we don’t have a potential trade pending — not pending, but in the mill — it’s unlikely that you have a seasoned quarterback who could come back here and be ready to play as well as these guys are playing can , even if you thought you might have a talent advantage.”
Rush has a start to his name, leading the Cowboys to a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings last season.