It's rare for a player to provide the kind of production, stability, and leadership both on and off the field like Jason Witten did with the Dallas Cowboys. For the better part of two decades they didn't have to give a second thought to the tight end position because of him, but now have the tough, if not impossible, task of finding his long-term replacement.
As things stand right now the Dallas Cowboys have a solid duo of TEs in Blake Jarwin Dalton Schultz. Sadly though, neither one of them have done anything to date proving themselves worthy of remaining with the organization long-term. In fact, neither of the two might not have a future in Dallas beyond the 2021 season.
As you probably know already Dalton Schultz is entering a contract year and becomes a free agent at the conclusion of the season. It's unlikely he's in Dallas' future plans, leaving Blake Jarwin as the hopeful long-term TE. And yet, the way his contract is constructed he could possibly be released after the 2021 season if he fails to produce.
The Dallas Cowboys can actually save $4.25 million with only $2 million in dead money by designating Blake Jarwin a pre-June 1 cut. To me that signifies either he produces this year after coming off an ACL injury or he could be looking for a job elsewhere. That doesn't exactly signify long-term solution to me.
So what are the Dallas Cowboys to do? Do they let things play out with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz and hope things work out or do they look for someone else to stabilize the TE position like Jason Witten did? Honestly there is no right or wrong answer, however, they could be keeping their eye on a particular TE in the 2021 NFL Draft to be that next stabilizing force.
Helllooo Kyle Pitts!!!
Kyle Pitts is as talented of a TE prospect we've seen in quite some time and a large majority of Cowboys Nation are salivating over the idea of the Dallas Cowboys drafting him with the 10th overall pick. Adding him to the weapons Dak Prescott already has at his disposal in Dallas' aerial attack would make them virtually unstoppable.
At 6'5″, 240 pounds the 20-year-old former Gator TE has the intangibles to be the next Jason Witten for the Dallas Cowboys. His age and talent could help stabilize the position for years to come and give the Cowboys passing game a mismatch weapon that strikes fear in opposing defensive coordinators around the league.
It would be almost unfair to put Kyle Pitts in an offense with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup in the passing game and Ezekiel Elliott in the running game. That could very well equate to the best offensive unit the NFL has ever seen. Sadly though, this could be just a pipe dream for many of us.
Because Kyle Pitts is such a rare generational talent there's a good possibility he could get drafted well before the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock. It's rumored both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles are highly interested in him, but if he somehow slips past both of them Dallas should jump at the opportunity to put him in a Cowboys uniform.
Yes the Dallas Cowboys need more defensive help, but you simply can't afford to pass up on a true blue chip player like Kyle Pitts. After all, they've already done a pretty good job of addressing some of their biggest defensive needs through free agency and would still have nine draft picks to use in the hopes of upgrading the defense further.
All of this of course depends on whether or not Kyle Pitt somehow slides to the Dallas Cowboys in the first-round. If not no harm done. They simply stick to their board and draft accordingly. But, if he is somehow still there they can't pass up on the opportunity. His talent and ability to stabilize the position for years to come is something they simply cannot pass up on.