We are underway for the 2022 Dallas Cowboys season. Today marks the first official day of Training Camp, with press conferences.

Owner Jerry Jones, Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones and Head Coach Mike McCarthy all spoke for over an hour at the introductory press conference. A number of eye-opening statements were made regarding current players and how they will be used.

Especially tight end Dalton Schultz. Whom the Dallas Cowboys were unable to agree to a long-term deal with.

The thought currently is that the front office is merely keeping Schultz around for a year, allowing the younger TE’s to develop. Meaning by the 2023 off-season, they allow him to walk in free agency. Opening the door for the front office to use their “pie” on other players.

However, when Stephen Jones was asked about the team’s TE1 and his future with the Cowboys, there seems to remain some optimism in his response.

This may indicate only high hopes. As Jones’ recent comments on the salary cap contradict this hope for a Schultz long-term solution.

“There is no question we’re going to have our challenges with the salary cap. We’re going to have to make some tough decisions. We’re not going to be able to keep everybody we’d like to keep. That’s part of it. The cap is a real thing… The salary cap is real. Certainly, when you get to paying these quarterbacks, it’s a quarterback-driven league. Dak deserves every penny he gets. But once you get into that league with these $40 million quarterbacks then things have to give and take.”

It’s entirely possible that these beliefs in Schultz are mere smoke and mirrors. Used as a way to keep Schultz optimistic for the season and beyond. It’s also possible (hopefully) that he and the organization have learned their lessons about letting information leak regarding a player’s future.

This will be something that will need to continue to be monitored as the season progresses, and into next off-season.

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