According to ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys and Wide Receiver Michael Gallup are close to agreeing on a new deal that will essentially make him the Boys’ new WR2, or arguably their new WR1.
Gallup, who served as the team’s WR2/WR3 this season, was a player that the Cowboys were going to have to make a difficult decision on in this year’s free agency, but it’s now clear that the team prefers to keep him over Wide Receiver Amari Cooper, who is reportedly being released or traded this month.
Before Gallup’s ACL tear, there were rumors he was hoping to get paid around $14 million a year, and some people saw that as a figure the team couldn’t match. However, his injury caused his value to decrease, but according to Spotrac, can still command an average of $11.8 million.
Now with no Cooper in the picture, it’s looking like Gallup will need to step up big time next season to prove to the Cowboys he’s worth his payday, and it should be interesting to see how fast he allocates himself back on the field.
Currently, the team has wide receivers Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Malik Turner sitting in free agency, and it’s likely one of those three will be brought back to serve as their third wide receiver.
Wilson, who stepped up once Gallup went down, showed a connection with Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott during the latter part of the season, and he likely won’t cost you an arm and a leg to re-sign.
Additionally, if the franchise decides not to bring back those three wideouts, they could always address the position in this year’s NFL Draft which is expecting to bring in a deep-wide receiver class.
Some WR targets fans should familiarize themselves with include Ohio State Wide Receiver Chris Olave, Western Michigan Wide Receiver Skyy Moore, Penn State Wide Receiver Jahan Dotson, Arkansas Wide Receiver Treylon Burks, Georgia Wide Receiver George Pickens, and Memphis Wide Receiver Calvin Austin III.