The Dallas Cowboys have until July 15th to sign Dalton Schultz to a long-term extension. Otherwise, he’ll play the 2022 season under the franchise tag and his $10.9 million cap number is full guaranteed.

Given how the front office has been with the salary cap, it would make sense that they would prefer to go the route of an extension. Spreading his contract out, and lowering his cap number for this season.

However, it’s looking more and more likely that Schultz will play under the tag for the 2022 season.

Schultz sat out for all of OTA’s and only participated in the one mandatory minicamp the Dallas Cowboys held. All as a part of negotiations, which is common.

Unfortunately for Schultz, it looks like his contract extension will have to wait.

According to Dallas Cowboys writer Michael Gehlken, of the Dallas Morning News, the two sides are not on the same page in negotiations.

“Cowboys and TE Dalton Schultz are not close on an extension. Despite his career being emblematic of the franchise’s draft-and-develop ‘lifeline,’ Schultz may have to wait for the long-term contract he’s earned.” Gehlken tweeted out.

A huge blow to the Cowboys offense. Especially QB Dak Prescott, who is championing for a long-time return of one of his top pass catchers.

The past two season, Schultz has broken out into the status of a true TE1 as a receiver. With 141 catches, 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns. Continuously ranked among the NFL’s best TE’s.

If a deal can’t be reached, it’s unlikely the Cowboys would franchise tag him a second time next off-season. The franchise tag amount likely to increase with the contract of David Njoku in Cleveland, and the potential signing of Mike Gesicki in Miami.

He might be headed for free agency, which would net Dallas either a third or fourth round compensatory pick. It would also leave a gaping hole at TE that hasn’t seen this much success since Jason Witten’s heyday.

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