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Sanders in the Slot? Rumors abound surrounding 49ers’ WR and Cowboys

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Sanders in the Slot? Rumors abound surrounding 49ers’ WR and Cowboys

Let’s keep the rumor mill spinning, folks.

A number of fans and talking heads alike were really high on the Randall Cobb signing last offseason, and for good reason; on what many considered an upgrade from then-former Cowboys slot man Cole Beasley, Cobb signed on with the Cowboys to a very team-friendly one-year, 5 million dollar deal which filled a serious need and wrapped up what looked like a pretty serious offensive roster for the Cowboys.

That was one year ago tomorrow, and here we go again. Cobb is heading south to help fill some pretty big shoes down in Houston to the tune of 3 years, 27 million, and Dallas is once again facing the open of the new league year and looking for a new slot receiver.

This time of year, a little speculation can go a long way in igniting the imaginations of fans; But then throw a little media gasoline on that fire and watch it spread like wildfire. It’s our annual offseason entertainment- And with the entire universe set in a holding pattern waiting for life to return to normal, it’s just about all we got.

With a definite need at the slot now staring the Cowboys in the face, one potential option for replacing Cobb is a juicy one- And he’s already been linked as one of Dallas’ potential free agency targets:

So let’s talk Emmanuel Sanders since everyone else is.

If you’re not up to speed on the day’s rumors around the league, then the whispers of Emmanuel Sanders being linked to the Cowboys today got quite loud.

The Cowboys receiver corps this past season was one of the most mercurial and confusing units in the entire league, given the numbers they posted. Boasting one top 5 receivers in Amari, a young breakout talent in Gallup and a bruising slot man in Cobb, this group of wideouts should have been a top-3 squad, which is simply breathtaking given what they looked like just two seasons ago before Amari was signed. Instead, despite Dak having a career year and nearly throwing for 5,000 yards, his receivers accounted for the fourth-most drops in the league.

Sanders, in a season split between the floundering Broncos and a Super Bowl appearance with San Francisco, racked up 869 yards on 66 receptions, five touchdowns and only two drops on the season, and given his versatility in terms of field placement, Sanders- a Texas native and SMU alum- could be a very fun signing for the Cowboys, were it to come to fruition.

Now, of course, the jury is still out on whether or not McCarthy would be as creative in his utilization of Sanders as Kyle Shanahan has proven himself to be, but were it to be that Sanders fit like a glove with the Cowboys the way he did for San Francisco, it’s hard not to imagine just how potent that Cowboys offense could be.

Be that as it may- The options for Dallas to fill the vacancy at WR are plentiful and were they to spend a first-rounder on one of the many projected first-round wideouts coming out of the draft, it would be hard to complain.

But let’s be real- Sanders is the flashiest option and the most fun to talk about.


Staff Writer covering the Dallas Cowboys. 2018 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a focus on Political Science and Sports Business. Dallas is the center of my sports universe, and I eat, sleep, and breathe America's Team.

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