Updated 03:04 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 20, 2021

NFL Trade Rumors: Dallas Cowboys Target Miles Austin, Earl Bennet, Mike Evans

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The Dallas Cowboys might be looking to add a third wide receiver to serve as another weapon or insurance alongside main wideouts Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams.

ESPN NFL Nation writer Todd Archer recently tackled the Cowboys' potential move to acquire another wide receiver and create more depth in the position either through free agency or the draft.

Archer revealed the Cowboys expressed interest both in Jason Avant and Nate Burleson, before the two signed with the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns, respectively.

"Both [Avant and Burleson] were linked to the Dallas Cowboys by the media (hello, that's me), but sources indicated the Cowboys had some interest in Burleson, who played for their new passing game coordinator, Scott Linehan, with the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys just were not willing to pull the trigger on a deal now, continuing their patient approach in free agency," Archer wrote.

Bryant, who recorded 1,233 yards with 93 receptions and 13 touchdowns last season, is expected to reprise his role as the Cowboys' No. 1 wide receiver, while Williams will likely lock down the No. 2 wideout spot after catching 44 receptions for 736 yards with five touchdowns last year.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley are expected to share the role as the No. 3 wideout. According to Archer, the use of Harris and Beasley will depend on the team's needs in a given situation. Harris is viewed as a player with the ability to come up with big plays; Beasley is viewed as a good at quick-game route receiver. Another option is tight end Gavin Escobar, who impressed everybody by catching a TD pass in the Cowboys season-ending game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Archer added that Cowboys don't necessary need a third wideout because they already have another weapon in tight end Jason Witten. However, a potential injury to Bryant or Williams would put Dallas in trouble because Harris and Beasley are not yet ready to assume a bigger role on the team.

Either Burleson or Avant would have given some insurance to Dallas in case of injury, though the Cowboys have other options on the free agency market, such as former No. 1 wideout Miles Austin or Earl Bennett. The Cowboys could also make a run for USC's Marqise Lee or Texas A&M Mike Evans, if they are still available in the first round of the draft.

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