Reports over the last 48 hours have had Dallas considering the tag for Schultz and supposedly not planning to use it on Defensive End Randy Gregory. With today's news, it appears Gregory will now be an unrestricted free agent as of March 16th.
The #Cowboys are franchise tagging TE Dalton Schultz, source said, keeping another playmaker in the fold. Coming off his best season, Schultz now is locked in for 2022 with a long-term deal the hope in the future.
Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on TE Dalton Schultz, source said. The one-year, $10.9M tag operates as a placeholder as the two sides work toward a long-term expectation. Schultz will no longer become a free agent next week. https://t.co/FncpoD3pIl
Dallas is supposedly trying to reach long-term agreements with both Schultz and Gregory. In both cases, multi-year contracts will allow the Cowboys to keep these key player on the roster and also reduce their cap hits in 2022 from what the franchise tag would have demanded.
With Blake Jarwin's prospects for playing at all in 2022 now dubious, Dalton had a lot of leverage this offseason. One of the NFL's most-productive tight ends next year, the former 4th-Round pick is now on the way to being one of the best compensated as well.
Hopefully Dalton Schultz and the Cowboys can agree on a mutually beneficial contract as the offseason continues.