DALLAS – The Cowboys are currently deciding if they want to reward tight end, Dalton Schultz, with a lucrative long-term deal. Schultz has decided to skip the rest of voluntary OTAs this week, in an attempt to force their hand, which is unlikely.

Dallas did get some positive news when it came to the tight end position on Wednesday. Jake Ferguson, who was Cowboys drafted in the fourth round, agreed to a four-year contract that completed the rookie signings for the Cowboys.

With Schultz absent, Ferguson will get more first-team reps in practice, which will be crucial for his development and chemistry with Dak Prescott going forward. The Cowboys are notorious for running out of two tight end sets (12 personnel) so pairing Ferguson with Schultz made a lot of sense, especially after parting ways with Blake Jarwin.

Ferguson can not only block a little better than Schultz, but he can also make more plays to stretch the field vertically. If he develops quickly, the Cowboys will have another weapon to attack the middle of the field which will open up things on the outside for guys like CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tobert, and Michael Gallup when he returns.

All the contractual details have been worked out for Ferguson. The former Wisconsin Badger can now focus on continuing the legacy of Daryl “Moose” Johnston as he dawns the No. 48 and try to find his role in the Cowboys’ offense, which may be a big one as soon as 2023 depending on what happens with Schultz.

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