This week got off to an interesting start for the Dallas Cowboys when it was reported that tight end Dalton Schultz will skip the remaining portion of OTAs who are volunteers amid contract negotiations with the team. What makes this situation so interesting is that Schultz has technically just signed a new contract with the Cowboys. The team placed the franchise tag on the fifth-year tight end who rushed for more than 800 yards last season with eight touchdowns, and unlike most stubborn situations of this variety, Schultz signed the tag. as indicated.

In addition to signing the label, Schultz had previously shown up to OTAs, so it’s really a bit of a flip-flop. Still, though, it seems like Schultz’s portrayal makes it seem like it’s the best decision for him, which is why he’s doing it.

Dak Prescott says he’s spoken with Dalton Schultz about the contract situation and is confident in the process

A recent example of someone who has held on to the franchise tag in a more traditional fashion (using the term “hold on” in this context) is quarterback Dak Prescott. The Cowboys tagged Dak twice and he signed him the first time before finally playing on the franchise tag in 2020.

Fortunately, things didn’t come to that a year ago, as the Cowboys reached a long-term deal with Prescott well before the eleventh hour. Prescott and Schultz’s situations aren’t exactly apples to apples, but they are obviously similar.

Because of the similarity, Prescott knows a thing or two about what Schultz is going through and said Tuesday night he was aware of Dalton’s decisions and was confident in the process that would unfold.

Dalton Schultz skipping volunteer activities certainly sends the message that he’s unhappy, but it does little to compel the Cowboys to move. It would have been interesting to see whether or not Prescott would have skipped them himself during the first offseason he was tagged in, but all were in the spring of 2020 when the NFL went into lockdown, and as mentioned things were done at weather in 2021.

Time will tell if the Cowboys move with Schultz, but the reality is they have no reason to. If Schultz’s representation really wanted to go that route, it would have made sense for him not to sign the label, but the fact that he did means he’s squarely under contract for the 2022 season.