The Dallas Cowboys and Dalton Schultz are unable to get a long-term extension done. Now, he will play 2022 on the franchise tag, worth a fully guaranteed $10.9 million.

There’s good and bad that comes with this. The good being that they will have their TE1 for at least another season, allowing the grooming of rookie Jake Ferguson to be smoother. Unfortunately, this also puts the future between Schultz and the Cowboys in doubt.

It’s entirely possible that the Cowboys “double dip” and secure Schultz on the tag next year. Especially if they don’t feel confident in who they have on the roster for next season.

Would the Dallas Cowboys really franchise tag a player two years in a row? The salary cap is expected to go up to an estimated $230 million. Not counting any roll over. Considering the team’s 2023 unrestricted free agents, it could be a realistic possibility.

  • Dalton Schultz
  • Anthony Brown
  • Dante Fowler Jr.
  • Tarell Basham
  • Leighton Vander Esch
  • C.J. Goodwin
  • Jake McQuaide
  • Trysten Hill
  • Jeremy Sprinkle
  • Carlos Watkins
  • James Washington
  • Noah Brown
  • Luke Gifford
  • Cooper Rush
  • Ryan kl
  • Will Grier
  • Connor McGovern
  • Tony Pollard

Five will be 30+ and four will be coming off rookie deals: Donovan Wilson, Tony Pollard, Connor McGovern and Trysten Hill, who might already be a cut candidate this preseason.

There’s also the possibility of early deals being done. Players from the 2020 draft will all be eligible for contract extensions. Including CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs, Neville Gallimore and Tyler Biadasz. Terence Steele also factors in here, but as a restricted free agent, so the Cowboys could match any offer.

The amount of money in cap space Dallas is securing sets them up to give down-the-line massive deals to their premium players. Without a deal for Schultz in place, it also doesn’t seem like they plan for him to be in their long-term plans.

There aren’t any premium 2019 draft picks up for massive deals, but the 2020 class will be up for extensions after 2022, as well as Micah Parsons in 2024. The Cowboys have made their point clear. They’ll extend their own and (usually) keep players they want to keep.

With how the cap is projecting to look over the next few seasons, and players that will seek new deals, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have decisions to make. They have already made theirs on Schultz, and will have more expensive ones in the future.

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