Can OBJ put the Dallas Cowboys over the top?
I want to preface my statement saying the Dallas Cowboys do not need OBJ to reach the playoffs, win the NFC East, or even win the Super Bowl. That statement is not me disliking OBJ or any of that crazy stuff, but I am being realistic in that Dallas has a profound running game that is relying heavily on play action pass with Lamb, Gallup, Dalton Schultz, Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot, and the explosiveness of Tony Pollard-a threat running/receiving the ball.
Dak is spreading the ball all around like butter on a biscuit to all of his receivers, and Dak is doing this without a real deep threat to take the top off opposing defenses. Besides Pollard, name an offensive player that scares defenses? This means Dak is leading this offense to the end zone on the regular to the tune of 33 points a game without the talents of an OBJ.
So, that means Dallas will not sign OBJ because they are already scoring a bunch of points. Correct? Nope! Nope! And nope!
If the opportunity presents itself (which I think it will), Jerry and Stephen Jones will sign OBJ for the same reasons Jerry signed Deion over two decades ago.
It must be noted Stephen did not like that move at all.
On a more relevant level, Dallas will sign OBJ because they know OBJ will give them the ultimate edge moving forward, even if the offense is balling out. Keep in mind the NFC is wide open, where it’s going to come down to which team has more play makers than the others. Jerry and Stephen are very aware of the parity in the NFC.
And we must remember the Joneses tried unsuccessfully to trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. So if they were going after the speedster Cooks to upgrade the receiving room, best believe Jerry is going to do everything within reason to sign OBJ.
Unlike Sanders in1995, OBJ is coming off his second ACL injury to the same knee over the last two years, combine OBJ missing the majority 2017 season because of an ankle injury and his age (30), Dallas has some leverage in negotiations and is playing with house money to some extent (pun intended).
Just like Sanders improved Dallas’ secondary and overall defense, the same can be said about OBJ’s ability to do the same on the offense. As long as “Boy Wonder,” (offensive coordinator Kellen Moore) continues to feature the running game first and foremost and resist passing 40 plus times a game, Dallas’ offense will flourish and become almost unstoppable. OBJ’s presence will open up so many opportunities for the skill position players and bring so much confusion to defenses.
Pick your poison baby!
OBJ is on record saying he wants to finish his career in a warm weather climate, a good team, and get compensated to his financial liking. The Dallas Cowboys fits his criteria and then some. Plus, wearing the star and performing at an elite level will only garner more financial endorsements. Similar to “Prime Time” Sanders, OBJ loves the spotlight and performs when the lights shine the brightest.
It’s reportedly that OBJ is seeking $20 million a year. I doubt he gets that from Dallas. I can foresee a scenario where he gets paid handsomely from Dallas but makes the rest of his desired money from endorsements and no state taxes in Texas.
Just like Sanders won a Super Bowl the previous year before signing with the Dallas Cowboys, OBJ can do the same thing because he won a Super Bowl title with the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Who knows if it’s an omen or coincidence. OBJ can definitely be to this Dallas Cowboys team what “Prime Time” was to that team back in 1995. And that would be a good thing and a long time coming for this loyal fan base.