We’ve still got a few more weeks before training camps open across the National Football League, but there’s some sort of deadline just around the corner. Teams and players facing franchise tag situations have until Friday, July 15 at 1 p.m. ET to negotiate a long-term deal or the franchise tag will lock. From an experiential standpoint, we know this back and forth all too well. thanks to how often the Dallas Cowboys have used the tag recently on DeMarcus Lawrence and Dak Prescott.
It was Dalton Schultz that the Cowboys scored this offseason, a situation that has become a bit unconventional for players who have gone this route. Schultz originally signed the label, which meant he had a contract for the upcoming season, but after showing up for part of the volunteer activities, he decided to forfeit the rest due to his dissatisfaction with the course of negotiations.
Which brings us to where we are today.
NFL insider says possibility still open for Dallas Cowboys and Dalton Schultz to reach long-term deal
Clearly, the Cowboys and Schultz have less than a week to agree or they won’t be able to do so until the next offseason. The team clearly likes Schultz to some degree, but is reluctant to make long-term commitments to players they don’t see as cornerstones of the franchise.
Complicating matters for the Cowboys is the deal the Cleveland Browns gave tight end David Njoku. Cleveland gave Njoku a four-year contract worth $56.75 million (an average north of $14 million a year), which is now a factor Schultz can use as a benchmark.
Beyond the financial details, there is the time commitment involved here. The Browns gave their tight end (who also received the franchise tag this offseason by the way) a four-year contract and the Cowboys like contracts of a variety of five years.
On Friday afternoon, NFL Network‘s Mike Garafolo brought up the length of the contract when discussing Schultz’s situation and noted that he’s still leaving open the possibility of a long-term deal happening here.
Currently, Over The Cap lists the Cowboys with the third salary cap space in the NFL, incidentally one of the teams ahead of them is the Browns. An argument can certainly be made that signing Schultz to a contract of this variety may not be the best move this team could make, but they have the resources to be active, which has been the rallying cry. detractors in recent months.
Time will tell if things work out here or not. Deadlines do business.