Players the Dallas Cowboys must re-sign right now
Cedrick Wilson, WR
I don’t think I’m breaking news to say Cedrick Wilson is having a career season for the Dallas Cowboys this year. The former sixth round pick out of Boise State has low key been a savior for the Cowboys offense as of late.
Following the season ending injury to Michael Gallup, Wilson has filled in as the Cowboys WR3 better than anyone could have imagined. Showing instant chemistry with Dak Prescott, Wilson has been one of Prescott’s most trusted targets downfield.
This season Cedrick Wilson has doubled just about every WR statistic on his resume. His 61 targets, 45 receptions, 602 yards, six touchdowns, and 13.4 yards per reception are all career bests. His catch percentage of 73.8% is one of the best on the Dallas roster and his drop percentage is a paltry 4.9%.
Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, fans and media argued whether Wilson should even make the roster in 2021. His $2.183M salary was abnormal for a WR4 and Dallas was already considered an elite offense without him. All Wilson has done since is prove he’s worth every bit and more.
How much Cedrick Wilson receives this offseason is difficult to speculate. But considering the valuable role he plays in this Dallas Cowboys offense and that Michael Gallup will be rehabbing into next season (even if Dallas re-signs him), re-signing a familiar target like Cedrick Wilson to play WR3 long-term is an advisable path for this Cowboys team.
It’s also worth noting: Wilson is one of the most versatile receivers on the roster. While slot is his best position on the field he can effectively man X and Z as well. And as we’ve seen in the past, he’s an excellent weapon on end-arounds and passing the ball as well. He’s the skeleton key for this offense and needs to be retained.