The Dallas Cowboys were the talk of the NFL just yesterday with the trade of Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. It didn’t take long for the team to grab all the headlines once again. This time with another receiver.
After weeks of speculation, just ahead of free agency, the Cowboys announced their contract extension with Michael Gallup. The deal is worth a reported five years, $62.5 million. Including a $10 million signing bonus.
Michael Gallup has played in 55 games in his four seasons, grabbing 193 catches for 2,902 yards and 15 touchdowns. The signing is welcomed news given the state of the franchise, in regards to players being cap casualties or front office off-field activities.
Gallups’ contract extension at the rate he’ll receive is surprising. At the start of the year, his estimated contract value was around $17 million per year. Considering the price is $5 million less, it’s a welcomed discount that pays a receiver who Dak Prescott is very close with, and has a great connection.
Similar to Prescott, Gallup proved his value when not on the field. The offense lacked a physical, one-on-one receiver, or someone who could take the top off the secondary.
Contract talks had been heating up in the last week, with the intention of a deal closing soon. Now with Gallup on the books for another five years, it give the Dallas Cowboys the cap flexibility they need, at a lower cost than Cooper. Gallup now becomes the 22nd highest paid receiver in the league.
While this move likely won’t stop the Cowboys from pursuing receivers in the draft or free agency, it keeps some continuity at the skills position for the offense.
Gallup recently had surgery to heal his torn ACL, but the Dallas Cowboys felt confident in how the surgery went, as well as the progress being made to warrant a deal. Whether he’ll be ready for training camp is still up in the air, but is expected to be ready for the start of the season.