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BREAKING: Cowboys Place Franchise Tag on TE Dalton Schultz

As rumored in recent days, the are using their 2022 on . If he plays on the tag, Schultz will make $10.9 million next season.

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 as of March 16th.

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 . 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.

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This cake was already baked. Security blanket and cheaper than the other option. But if RG bolts, we need to augment the sack department, unless they put MP exclusively at DE. Then they would need to augment the LB room. Like MP at LB for his versatility, but then again if a superior LB prospect was on the board at our turn to draft…? Thoughts anyone?

gary b

I don’t like MP as a full time DE. Not big enough and would take a pounding there by 300+ linemen. Also negates his speed and ability to fly around the field and make plays at all levels.

Likely we need a LB regardless of where they play him though. Dean or Lloyd would be good, though I think OL/DL is a bit more of a need.

gary b

I’m not sure MP would have quite the success as a full time pass rusher. Wouldn’t play as many snaps. DCs could scheme him more effectively. His value lies in his versatility, and the defense not knowing what he is doing each play.


Vam, I kind of like teams not being able to account for where he is at. The hybrid style that was crafted for him seemed to work really well…but I do wonder about his sack numbers if he played more DE.

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