Lamar Jackson is a generational talent and one of the best players in the NFL when he is healthy. Lamar is currently in a contract dispute with the Baltimore Ravens and his future with the franchise has been put in doubt. With his time in Baltimore possibly coming to an end, many fans have wondered if it would be possible to obtain his services for the Dallas Cowboys. While Lamar is an intriguing piece for many teams, his fit in Dallas leaves much to desire.
Not Financially Possible
Lamar Jackson is in line to become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. The former MVP has reportedly already turned down a deal worth more than $250 million, and while the validity of this claim can not be proven or disproven at this time, what is true is that his market is around that price range. The Cowboys already employ Dak Prescott who’s contract carries an 89 million dead cap hit if he is cut this year and includes a no trade clause that prevents him from being moved unless its a situation of his choosing. The Cowboys also have decisions to make about Trevon Diggs who is entering the final season of his contract and impending free agents such as Tony Pollard, Dalton Shultz, Donovan Wilson, and Terrence Steele. It would be next to impossible to sign Jackson to the contract that he wants.
Kellen Moore’s Offense
If Kellen Moore remains the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys then Jackson would be destined to fail in his system. Moore has not shown the willingness to utilize the running ability of mobile quarterbacks. In Prescott’s 3 years prior to Kellen Moore, Dak ran the ball 189 times for 944 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. In the 4 seasons since Moore was elevated to offensive coordinator Dak has only run the ball 163 times for 698 yards and only 8 touchdowns. Jackson averages close to 11 rushing attempts per game and that aspect of his game could very well get neglected in this current offensive scheme. Moore likes to utilize a high volume passing attack in his offensive scheme and that in of itself does not suite Lamar’s skill set. For his career Lamar Jackson averages 23 passing attempts per game and he has only averaged 30 passing attempts in a season once. Prescott’s pass attempts per game increased exponentially in Moore’s offense as he has averaged roughly 38 passing attempts per game in Moore’s tenure as offensive coordinator. With Moore likely back in the fold for another year it would be far from an ideal match.
Lamar Jackson is one of the best players in football but, he will be far to expensive to acquire and does not fit with the current offensive coordinator. So while Jackson is a fascinating prospect he’ll only ever be a Dallas Cowboy on Madden.