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Why The Dallas Cowboys Signed Wide Out Dezmon Briscoe

Jeff Smith

The Dallas Cowboys recently signed wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, but why exactly did they do it?

Apparently, the Dallas Cowboys are big believers that you can never have too many options at wide receiver. Let me start though by saying that I like the fact that the team decided to sign Dezmon Briscoe. Briscoe has shown some signs of being a playmaker at the NFL level in his NFL career to this point, but he definitely has question marks surrounding him.

The first of many obvious question marks is the one about why he's gone from team to team throughout his time in the NFL. Briscoe was drafted back in 2010, and has already played with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. That equals up to three teams in four seasons.

To this point in his career, Briscoe has brought in 43 catches for 502 yards and seven touchdowns. Briscoe is a Dallas-native though, and he's only 24 years old. He was waived-injured by the Redskins back in August of last year, and the Redskins obviously are doing just fine at the wide out position currently.

So what gives exactly?

The Cowboys currently have Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams who are both locked in to the WR1 and WR2 positions. After that, the team drafted rookie Devin Street to fill the slot, or at least most thought that, and they also have Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris.

The even more shocking number here is that the Cowboys already had 10 receivers coming into camp before signing Briscoe. The competition will be at all all-time high, and I actually believe the Cowboys did this in order to push Beasley, as well as the other wide receivers.

If Briscoe can turn into a solid option for the Cowboys, then it's a great signing. On the other side though, if it doesn't work out, then he'll still be able to come in and push the other receivers for a spot on the roster and make them really prove themselves. Obviously Harris, who is an excellent return man isn't going anywhere, but maybe Briscoe can steal a spot from one of the other wide receivers.

Only time will tell, but I'll definitely be watching.

Jeff Smith is the Fantasy Football Coordinator and Lead Dallas Cowboys Writer for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter@JSM8ith, and add him on Google+!

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I'm not sure what the terms of the deal are, but if it's close to nothing or the veteran minimum then it's a good deal because he will most likely be just a camp body.  He never put it together in Washington, but has a lot of talent and all of the physical tools you look for.  

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I was surprised this guy didn't pan out to some extent. I agree he has some talent, but he needs to show it! It'll be interesting to see if maybe he can get things going with the Cowboys.

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