Cowboys are looking for homegrown players like Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys blog

FRISCO Texas — Negotiations Between the Dallas Cowboys Closed end Dalton Schultz Have been cordial, if a little bit overly productive.

Schultz missed the last week of voluntary-organized team activities. participated in the mandatory minicamp As the clock ticks towards July 15, the sides will either agree to a multiyear agreement or he will continue to play the season with the $10.9 million franchise tag.

While the Schultz situation might not be the perfect case study, it does speak to a question the Cowboys have been trying to answer: Why haven’t they been able to re-sign their own players to early extensions?

Schultz falls in line with the Cowboys’ stated desire of keeping their own rather than playing in the deep end of the free-agency pool. The 2019 fourth-round selection has recieved 141 passes for 1,423 yard and 12 touchdowns in the last two seasons. He was joined by Jason Witten as one of the few tight ends to record at least 75 receptions for 800 yard and eight touchdowns in a single year.

But in his first two seasons, he caught 13 passes, so it didn’t make sense to try to get ahead with a long-term offer. A team that was known for aggressively pursuing long-term contracts with its players has now slowed down.

Stephen Jones, executive vice president, attributes this to a variety of factors including uncertainty about the collective bargaining agreement and media contracts. Also, the Cowboys had to negotiate with quarterbacks Dak Prescott This led to a four-year deal worth $160 million.

“At this time last year, I don’t know if we knew we’d have full stadiums or not,” Jones said. “If we didn’t have full stadiums, that’s a tremendous impact on the salary cap. Now it looks like it’s back to business as usual.”

Schultz's $10.9 million tag is security considering he earned less than $4.4million in his first four years. But Schultz sees more. Cleveland Browns Their franchise-tagged tight end was paid David Njoku Four years, $57 Million, $28 Million Guaranteed

The Cowboys could simply use Schultz's franchise tag in 2023, and pay him $13 million if he produces for the third consecutive season. Or they could opt to walk away and let him test free agency while hoping this year’s fourth-round pick Jake Ferguson Can take over and add another tight finish through the draft, or free agency.

“The importance of the second contract, which every GM and every cap guy in this league is trying to get done, the ability to get second contracts is important,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “You’re getting into a point in a guy’s career — 26, 27 years old — where they’re in their physical prime.”

There was a time the Cowboys didn’t sweat getting these types of deals done.

Witten was never able to reach the open market during his prime years. CB did not either. Terence NewmanDE DeMarcus Warrene, QB Tony Romo. Later on, the Cowboys struck deals with OT Tyron Smith (2014), C Travis Frederick (2016), OG Zack Martin (2018) and OL La'el Collins (2017, 2019).

The cash arrangements were advantageous to the player as they paid at or near the top market. However, the Cowboys were allowed to obtain longer contracts which gave them some salary-cap flexibility. They were able to restructure those contracts multiple times, which allowed them to adjust their salary cap. Smith signed an 8-year extension in 2014 that tied Smith to the Cowboys for 2023.

“You’ve seen other teams that have gone shorter on the terms more now than they have in the past,” said one agent who has dealt with the Cowboys on many multiyear deals. “They don’t want to do it that way.”

Jones acknowledged that the Cowboys have relied more on the tag in recent years because of the length of the deals.

Defensive end in 2018 and 2019 DeMarcus Lawrence He was tagged on the franchise before he was signed to a five year, $105 million contract that included $65,000,000 in guaranteed money.

Prescott waited (2019), and waited again (2020) until he got the deal he wanted and $126 million guaranteed. The Cowboys believed they were close to a deal when the 2019 season began, but it didn't happen. Prescott played in the 2020 season with the $31.4 million franchise tag. Even though he had a dislocation and compound fracture of his ankle, he was able get the contract structure he desired that would allow him theoretically to hit the market at 30.

Prescott desired a four-year agreement. The Cowboys wanted at minimum five. Prescott signed a six year deal, which was voided by the Cowboys. Even with the impending increase of the salary cap with the new media deals over the next few seasons, the Cowboys could look to extend Prescott’s contract by giving him more guaranteed money while lowering their year-over-year cap allocation to the quarterback.

Players who want a large payday will need patience.

“It just kind of lingers there,” Martin said. “You’re just thinking about it a lot. When you’re up for your contract and you know they’re talking about it and discussing it, it’s hard not to think about it a lot.”

It is possible to take on risk by signing players for lucrative extensions that last longer than their contracts.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott After missing training camp in 2019, Elliott signed a $90million extension for six years that included $50,000,000 in guaranteed money. But Elliott’s production has dropped the past two years, although last year’s drop can be tied to a partially torn PCL in his right knee he suffered early in the season.

Collins and linebacker were also signed by The Cowboys. Jaylon Smith The possibility of lucrative extensions. Collins missed the 2020 season due to a hip injury. He was also suspended five games in 2021 after violating the substance abuse policy. With the guaranteed money voided in his deal, he was released this offseason and counts $4.9 million against this year’s cap. Smith did not perform at the level he did last season and was cut after four games. This season, he still has $6.8million against the cap.

“I think the deals for Zeke and Jaylon have really freaked them out,” the agent said.

“You’re not going to hit on them all,” Jones said. “I don’t know anyone who has. But you’ve got to hope you’re right a lot more than you’re wrong.”

What's next for Cowboys, and who's next? After this season, who will be the receiver? CeeDee Lamb Cornerback Trevon Diggs The Cowboys are eligible to contract extensions for the first-time, although Lamb can be put on Lamb for 2024. Lamb could buy them a year but potentially increase their cost if Lamb succeeds. 1 receiver.

Wide receivers will be available in the offseason Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp A.J. Brown Averaging $25 million per season, signed extensions

Diggs' 11th interception season is the longest by a Cowboy Cowboy since 1981. After the 2023 season, Diggs will become a free agent and a second round pick in 2020. He could be signed to a long-term contract by the Cowboys or they could use his franchise tag.

Three cornerbacks Jaire Alexander, Denzel Ward Jalen Ramsey — make at least $20 million per season. Alexander has five career interceptions, Ward has 10, and Ramsey has 15. Diggs had 14 interceptions in his first two seasons.

“There’s always an impact from contracts that get done,” Jones said. “That’s a fact. To what degree, that’s different, but anytime a contract gets done [elsewhere], it’s looked at and can affect how you value a player. … That’s the nature of having a cap.”

A good thing is to have players that you want to keep.

“You better hope you have that kind of ‘problem,’ because if you’re not, then you have to go in on free agency,” Jones said. “If you’re drafting the right way, you’re begging for that kind of success.”

You can also find the following: Micah Parsons You are eligible to receive an extension for the 2023 season.

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