The Cowboys did something on Wednesday that was a bit shocking. After months of being linked to four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr, the Cowboys signed him to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.

With the injury history of Leighton Vander Esch and the lack of NFL production from second-year linebacker Jabril Cox and others, bringing Barr in was a smart move, especially when considering his ties to the Cowboys going back to the 2014 NFL draft and his time with Vikings under George Edwards. However, now that the Cowboys have addressed the linebacker spot, they need to aggressively pursue help at another position.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently spoke on the team’s status at wide receiver after James Washington went down with a fractured foot. Jones said there’s no urgency to add a veteran at receiver and that he’s excited about the younger talent on the roster. That sounds good Jerry, but the current circumstances require more forward-thinking by the Cowboys.

The loss of Washington added on to Michael Gallup not being ready for the start of the season is significant. Having CeeDee Lamb as the new No. 1 option in the passing is an exciting thing to think about, but behind him, there’s a lot to be desired. Third-round pick Jalen Tolbert is certainly seen as the Cowboys’ WR2 of the future, but he hasn’t taken a snap in a real game yet. Simi Fehoko, T.J. Vasher, KaVontae Turpin, and Dennis Houston are making plays for the Cowboys in training camp, and that should be commended. However, there are only seven offensive snaps in the NFL between the four of them.

As things sit today, the Cowboys are in a good position in terms of cap space. Names such as Odell Beckham, Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Emmanuel Sanders, and Cole Beasley are all available. The Cowboys wouldn’t need any of these guys to be the second coming of Michael Irvin, Terrell Owens, or Dez Bryant. In reality, all the Cowboys need is a cheap veteran receiver that can fill a gap until Gallup returns and be a viable complementary piece afterward.

Finding an experienced veteran receiver will not only take some of the load off of Lamb but it will give Tolbert another mentor to show him the ropes, and one can never have too much knowledge in the game of football. The Cowboys’ defense is set to be the team’s driving force so the other side of the ball can’t fall too far behind, and the Cowboys need to add a veteran receiver to ensure that’s not the case.

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