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Dallas Cowboys use franchise tag on Dalton Schultz after best season for TE

Dallas Cowboys use franchise tag on Dalton Schultz after best season for TE

Frisco, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys will mark the franchise at the end of a court Dalton Schultza source told ESPN.

The tender for the franchise for tight parties is worth $10.931 million, according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The Cowboys are already expected to be around $20 million above the 2022 salary cap. Once the mark is officially set, they will have to free up more space.

But the Cowboys didn’t want to be in a position to lose Schultz, who had highs in receptions (78), yards (808) and touchdowns (8) last season.

With the franchise tag, the team could still sign Schultz as a free agent but would have to forgo first-round picks or come up with another package to entice the Cowboys to agree to the trade. The Cowboys and Schultz have until July 15 to strike a long-term deal or else he’ll have to play the season on the franchise.

“Dalton Schultz has played a tremendous amount of football for us over the past two years and he’s been very productive and he’s part of it all,” said head coach Mike McCarthy last week from the NFL.

In the fourth round in 2018, Schultz had hits 13 in his first two seasons, but in 2020 and 21, he had 141 catches for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2021, he joined Jason Witten as the second tight end in team history with no less than 70 assists and 800 yards in a single season as he became one of quarterback’s trusted Duck Prescott goals.

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Schultz is the seventh player the Cowboys have ever used the franchise tag. In 2020, Prescott played under the $31.4 million mark and was tagged again in 2021, but the Cowboys signed him to a four-year, $160 million deal last March. In 2018 and 19, the Cowboys used the tag on the defensive end De Marcus LawrenceThey did, however, reach a long-term deal worth $105 million in 2019.

Other players who will be flagged by the Cowboys are: Dess Bryant (2015), Anthony Spencer (2012, 2013), Ken Hamlin (2008) and Flozel Adams (2002). The only players who have played under the tag are Prescott, Lawrence, Spencer and Adams.

The Cowboys haven’t started their cap-acquiring process yet, although they will restructure the Prescott contract, which could unlock up to $15 million in the space. wide future Amary Cooper He will likely be released, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schifter, who will unlock another $16 million with his base salary of $20 million to be fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the year.

Other players who could be restructured, asked to have their salaries reduced or be released include Lyle Collins, DeMarcus Lawrence, Blake JarwinAnd the Tyrone Smith And the Zach Martin.

With Schultz under the tag, the Cowboys have 20 players set to hit the open market, including wide receivers. Michael Gallup And the Cedric Wilsonback Leighton Vanderdefensive ends Randy Gregory And the Dorence Armstrong So are the lockers Jayron KerrAnd the Hooker owner And the Damontay Kazi.