Cowboys urged to sign veteran WR chiefs in free agency
The Dallas Cowboys are in high spirits heading into Game 5 of the season, but there’s still one key area the team can add in free agency.
The wide receiver has been an area of focus for the Cowboys fan base since last spring, when Dallas decided to move from No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper. While the team now has Michael Gallup back from injury, current No. 1 receiver CeeDee Lamb is now injured (more details below).
With James Washington still on injured reserve, the team could use an interim option in the squad. Preferably it would be a proven veteran, and in terms of potential names, Chris Conley has to be considered.
Conley is technically a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was just signed to their practice squad following his release from the Houston Texans. That means the Cowboys can sign him off their roster after the Week 5 games, which would be a smart move.
Dallas isn’t at “code red” status when it comes to receivers, but Lamb being injured should put the team on notice.
Conley returns to Chiefs after Texans and Jaguars stints
After being drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Conley spent the first four seasons of his career in Kansas City. He was never the team’s number one receiver, but his possession skills made him a reliable weapon.
Pro Football Reference says Conley had a career-high five touchdowns in 2018. However, the Chiefs chose to move on and did not give the former Georgia wide receiver a second contract.
The Jaguars swooped in for Conley, and he ended up having his best NFL seasons in Jacksonville. In two seasons with Gardner Minshew II as lead QB, Conley had seven touchdowns and 1,246 receiving yards.
Conley’s production slowed on a bad Texas team, but he just turned 30 this season. Spotrac shows that he is currently playing on a practice squad salary, but was only paid $3.5 million for his last two seasons in Houston.
A veteran minimum deal would certainly be on the table, and a receiver of Conley’s caliber for that price should always be considered.
Questionable lamb for the Cowboys
As mentioned above, Lamb recently suffered a groin injury that put him on injured reserve ahead of Dallas’ Week 5 clash with the Los Angeles Rams. The nature or cause of the injury is unknown, but the recipient had an MRI for the problem.
“Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb (groin) and OL Jason Peters (chest) both had an MRI on Thursday,” the Dallas Morning News reporter said. Michael Gehlken tweeted October 7. “The report was more favorable for Lamb than for Peters, which is reflected in their playing status designations. Lamb is expected to play at the Rams on Sunday.
Lamb has had a bit of a “Jekyll and Hyde” season so far, but is coming off two strong performances where he totaled 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns. There is no doubt that CeeDee’s presence is key to the Cowboys’ success, especially with replacement QB Cooper Rush starting again this week.
Conley certainly isn’t a replacement for Lamb, but he would up the quality from depth to wide receiver for a cheap cost. If Lamb’s injury turns out to be more serious than initially thought, Conley will be a suitable wide receiver to bring back.
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