Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz has informed the team he will skip the remaining voluntary OTAs this offseason. The tight end was franchise tagged by the Cowboys this offseason and has reportedly grown frustrated with contract talks in the last few weeks. Both sides have until July 15th to reach a new deal or he will have to play under the franchise tag this year and once again be a free agent in the upcoming offseason. The franchise tag is set to pay him $10.931 million this upcoming season.
Frustrated by the state of contract talks, #Cowboys franchise-tagged TE Dalton Schultz informed the team he won’t attend the rest of voluntary OTAs, per sources.
Schultz already signed his franchise tender, locking in a $10.931 million salary for 2022 if no deal by July 15.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 6, 2022
This past season with the Dallas Cowboys, Dalton Schultz caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns with no fumbles on 104 targets. He was a massive part of the offense this past season and tied Amari Cooper in targets behind only CeeDee Lamb on the team. Cooper has since been traded away with question marks on who will fill his role next season. The Cowboys will need Schultz to perform well next season.
Dalton Schultz is essentially saying he doesn’t want to go on the company retreat.
It’s not meant to make the Cowboys cave. It’s meant to make them notice he’s not there and the other members of his division aren’t capable of doing his role.
Everything isn’t an all or nothing.
— KD Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) June 6, 2022
The two sides have plenty of time to reach a deal before the deadline and it seems likely this won’t be a long-term issue. Dalton Schultz has already signed the franchise tender and even if he does not get his deal he should be on the field for Dallas later this year.