Cowboys Win Game Of Slot WR Music Chairs, Sign Randall Cobb

Mike Fisher
March 19, 2019 - 4:58 pm

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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - The Dallas Cowboys entered 2019 NFL free agency believing that at least at the position of slot receiver, it was going to be a game of "Musical Chairs'' ... and that in the end, there would be at least one more quality player than there were available seats.

It turns out, the Cowboys may end up being right -- twice.

On Tuesday, Cowboys sources told 105.3 The Fan that Dallas has signed veteran receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal that is worth "substantially less'' than the contract the Buffalo Bills gave to Cole Beasley to lure him away from Dallas. (Our Kevin Turner suggested going into free agency that the Cowboys might land Cobb with a one-year deal worth about $5 million.)

Cobb, 28, has struggled through injuries in recent years, including last season, when he missed seven games and caught just 38 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns, mostly due to nagging hamstring problems. This is a player, however, who when healthy was one of the NFL's toughest covers in the slot, and good for over 1,000 yards receiving.

In Dallas, he joins a Cowboys team on which Amari Cooper is set be the undisputed No. 1 receiver and on which Michael Gallup, coming off a successful rookie season, is the other starter. The Cowboys offense is also bringing back the un-retired Jason Witten at tight end. But maybe most notably, with Cobb in the fold -- and with Tavon Austin also coming back -- Dallas actually has enough depth at the slot position to not have to make it an NFL Draft priority.