The Dallas Cowboys have used their franchise tag in Tight End Dalton Schultz, the deal will pay him close to $11 million as the parts still negotiate on a multi-year deal.
The #DallasCowboys have officially placed their franchise tag on Dalton Schultz. pic.twitter.com/AKVxREd5F5
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) March 8, 2022
Keeping Schultz was a priority for the Cowboys, especially after Blake Jarwin underwent a hip surgery that will keep him sidelined for the start of next season.
In addition, Dallas also restructured Dak Prescott’s and Zack Martin’s contracts, converting a portion of their bas salary into signing bonuses, to create roughly $22 millions in cap space.
Schultz, drafted in the fourth round, emerged in 2020 as the starter for the team after two years in a limited role. When Jarwin tore his ACL, Schultz had to step up. He caught 63 passes for 615 yards and 4 touchdowns.
For 2021, he kept his starter role and improve his production to 808 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. In the Divisional Round loss against the San Francisco 49ers, he had 7 receptions for 89 yards.
NFL teams have until Tuesday afternoon to designate their franchise tag player.