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Dallas Cowboys 2020 Offseason Preview: Tight End

A hot topic for the ' 2020 is what to do at the position. The top two players, and are both . Will the new staff value either enough to bring them back, or could we be looking at fresh faces on ?

, a 4th-round pick in 2018, is still around and waiting for a chance to shine. But even if the Cowboys do allow both Witten and Jarwin to walk, they will certainly be looking for some more proven or potential talent to fill the top spots on the TE .

2020 Tight End Contract Statuses

  • Signed
    • Dalton Schultz
    • Cole Hikutini
  • Free Agents
    • Jason Witten (UFA)
    • Blake Jarwin (RFA)
UFA = Unrestricted, RFA = Restricted

Witten's return has turned into a full-on debate among Cowboys onlookers. Some of our own writers have discussed it recently; whether or not Jason should come back as well as ways that Dallas should try to replace him.

There's no denying that Witten isn't an elite player anymore. His legacy is unquestionable, but all those catches since 2003 aren't going to help Dallas win a in 2020. They need to get younger and faster at TE.

Blake Jarwin fits that criteria, but is he talented enough to be the number-one guy? He has shown some solid receiving skills but has liabilities as a blocker which hold him back, and especially on a team as run-focused as the Cowboys.

's arrival in Dallas may help Jarwin's stock price. He liked big, athletic tight ends in Green Bay who were more pass catchers than blockers.

But still, we're talking about an undrafted guy here. Has Jarwin shown enough to be trusted with major responsibility in 2020?

Keeping Blake shouldn't be an issue given that he's a restricted . Dallas can give him the lowest RFA tender and be able to match any offer he might get on the open market. The Cowboys could also work out a to lower his yearly salary but provide some security.

Blake Jarwin Vs Dalton Schultz: Who's the Cowboys Real TE2?
Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It will also be interesting to see what happens with Schultz in his third season. In his rookie year he was buried behind Jarwin and and then last year again with Witten returning.

If the Cowboys are willing to hand the TE position over to Jarwin in 2020, it's possible that they would allow Schultz to move up into the number-two role. That would give Dallas the freedom to use their draft picks at other positions of needed.

isn't looking too hot for TE option this year. The top names all have concerns, such as 's lack of production in Atlanta or Hunter Henry's problems with the Chargers. In fact, you only go down a few names on most lists before Blake Jarwin and Jason Witten show up.

Frankly, I don't think the Cowboys want Witten back at this point. Maybe the last would have, but McCarthy has seemed determined to flush out as many “Garrett guys” as he can. And at this point, given his waning effectiveness on the field, Witten's current value is almost more as a leader and mentor than player.

The could force the issue, but even the most ardent have started turning on Witten. I doubt the pragmatic is going to have a problem cutting the cord.

So assuming Jason is gone, that leaves us with the question of how Dallas will proceed with its current young prospects. Do they give Jarwin and Schultz a season to sink or swim, or will they want to hedge that bet with some more flashy talent from the draft?

With lots of options both currently with the team and on the outside, we will see what the has in store for the tight end position. Whatever happens, it promises to be busy.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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