The Dallas Cowboys may have opened up cap space for free agency, but they still have to figure out the future of several key players.
Dallas has a handful of players set to test free agency, and they’ve already used the franchise tag on running back Tony Pollard. One player yet to sign a deal with the team is tight end Dalton Schultz.
The Cowboys seem interested in getting a deal done with Schultz, but Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon is advising the team against it. For Kenyon, the deciding factor is that he hasn’t produced at an elite level.
“Game-breaking tight ends are worth a massive contract. Dalton Schultz, a quality player who’s topped out at 78 receptions for 808 yards, simply hasn’t reached that level,” the article reads. “Some franchise will likely pay Schultz in the $12-15 million range annually to see if he can unearth that ceiling, but the Cowboys should let him walk at that price.”
There’s no question that Schultz has the ability of a starting NFL tight end, but a team that’s financially tight like the Cowboys has to be careful of handing out big contracts, especially if the player isn’t going to meet his contract value.
Schultz Turns Down Offer
Dallas may be getting warned about re-signing Schultz, but they’ve already offered a deal to Schultz according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
The details of the new contract are not known, but Breer described it as a significant offer ahead of the free agency window opening.
“Assuming Pollard doesn’t get a deal by Tuesday in Dallas, and with Engram tagged, Dalton Schultz will avoid being tagged and hit the market as the top available tight end,” Breer wrote. “He’s already turned down a pretty solid multiyear offer from the Cowboys.”
Schultz will be in high demand, and clearly, Dallas would prefer to keep him than let him walk. The problem is that the tight end is set up for his second NFL deal, and will be looking for the largest possible number accordingly.
The Cowboys could potentially swing it, but it’s going to take more salary cap maneuvers and will still be a gamble.
Cowboys Navigating Cap Space
By restructuring the contracts of quarterback Dak Prescott and guard Zack Martin, Dallas was able to open up $30 million in cap space, putting them in the green by about $12.4 million.