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Should WR Cedrick Wilson be Worried About 2021 Job Security?

Just before the draft we had news that and had both signed their restricted tenders to rejoin the in 2021. Now with Woods getting released last week, should Wilson be worried about his own job security?

Antwaun and Cedrick both received the lowest-tier RFA tender for 2021 at about a $2.18 million cost against the . With no guaranteed money on these deals, Dallas saved that whole amount by releasing Woods and could double those savings if they cut Wilson as well.

The fact that Cedrick survived last week's roster moves tells you something about his situation compared to Antwaun's. At defensive , Dallas has been busy with free agent additions (, ) and two draft picks (, ) plus carryover prospects and . It was already getting hard to see Woods' place in that group when projecting the for next season.

It's been different at receiver. While was added in the draft, Wilson and remained the only experienced depth behind the “Big 3” of , , and . It's quite possible that all six will make the official roster this year.

Of all the current depth options, Wilson has the best resume for potentially replacing Gallup in 2022. It's no secret that Michael will be an free agent next year and the likelihood of him fitting under the Cowboys' budget isn't good. He stands to be one of the top available at the WR position and should get a lucrative offer from somebody.

Assuming he doesn't have a breakout year in 2021, which would probably only happen due to an among the Big 3, Cedrick should be much easier to re-sign. But we saw last year against Seattle that Wilson has big-game potential with five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Cedrick Wilson, Steelers
Cedrick Wilson has been a key player at times for the Cowboys.

Potentially enhancing Cedrick's value is his special teams work as a returner. He's handled both punts and kickoffs at times for Dallas the last two years and, at least as of right now, remains one of the top candidates for those roles going into next season.

All of that said, this is just based on current information. A lot can change once we get to and the .

Noah Brown is still here as a veteran backup and is less expensive to the cap. He only counts about $1.1 million and Dallas would only save over $900k by cutting him; less than half of what they'd get by releasing Wilson.

If rookie Simi Fehoko hits the ground running then that could hurt Cedrick's security. If any of the lesser-known prospects like , Aaron Parker, or one of undrafted free agents has a big July and August, that could also pose a threat.

I don't really think Wilson is going anywhere in 2021. If nothing else, the Michael Gallup scenario for next year makes him an important asset. And as long as the Big 3 stay healthy this year, how much opportunity will Fehoko or any other prospect get to instill confidence in the ?

But again, nothing is certain this far away from camp, preseason, and final cuts. Wilson's value could be hurt by what other depth options do in the coming months, but could also go up if someone bad happens among the starters.

Whatever the final outcome, for now it's clear that Cedrick WIlson is in a safer place that Antwaun Woods was. He carries the same high cap number and opportunity for savings, but he's likely to be a more critical asset for Dallas this season and perhaps for years to come.

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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Wilson is not on firm ground by any means. His special teams play can be replaced, both in coverage and return responsibilities. His chances would improve in a world where the cap is not as tight, but he should be concerned right now. He’s already seen a contract exactly like his get waived, he’s already lost his jersey number, and the WR room is now full of special teamers with size. I like Wilson and feel he is a legit NFL player, but circumstances are what they are …

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