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Deadline Passes for Dalton Schultz & Cowboys, No New Contract in 2022

The deadline has now passed for franchise-tagged players to receive a long-term deal from their clubs in 2022. and the were unable to agree on a new contract before 4:00 pm EST today, meaning Schultz will play this year on his one-year franchise tender and return to in 2023.

Schultz and the Cowboys have reportedly been far apart in these negotiations since the start of the . Dalton is wanting to be paid like other highly-productive NFL tight ends, rating about $13-$14 million annually, while the Cowboys are happy to keep him at the $10.93 million he'll earn in 2022 on the .

Even if the Cowboys were to tag Schultz again next year his salary would only rise to $13.12 million. That would still keep him on the lower end if TE compensation; Dallas would happily pay that amount while preserving their flexibility in future years.

One of the big questions around Dalton is if he's truly a special talent at his position or simply a product of Dallas' . He's enjoyed attacking from the shadows the last few years with , , and drawing more attention from defenders.

With Cooper now gone and Gallup potentially missing the start of the season, Dalton Schultz will get a great opportunity to show just how valuable he is. While the contract talks for 2022 are now over, this story continues as we and the Cowboys assess their starting tight end's performance throughout the upcoming season.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Jcsandals

Can’t blame the cowboys for not spending the money. Even if he is the best available can’t see over paying because is is the best available. He is a product of his surroundings. Hope he continues to succeed with the boys but he is no kelce so u don’t pay him as such.

lonewolfz28

I’m thinking this is going to be one of those situations we look back on and say, “yup, they dodged that bullet”.

I like him, but I don’t like him enough to pay him $14M+ (that’s more than Gallup) per season with all the other contracts we’re paying and have coming up sooner, rather than later. Diggs and Lamb are going to need new contracts for 2024, so ideally re-signed before the 2023 season.

The albatross that is Dak’s contact balloons to almost $50M starting next season, unless they push even more money out to the two void years. That’s right, they’re having to use two void years to manage Dak’s contract. So, let the hollowing of the roster begin.

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