Cowboys Could Unload Star in ‘Swing-for-the-Fences’ Trade

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The Cowboys could have trade options for TE Dalton Schultz.

The Dallas Cowboys have the option to pull off a major trade if they want something in return for their star.

As tight end Dalton Schultz continues to negotiate for a new contract after being placed with a $10.9 million franchise tender, the Cowboys could look to another scenario in order to get something in return for their starter. In a trade scenario from The Athletic’s Greg Auman, Auman suggests the Cowboys trade Schultz to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if they can’t agree on a long-term deal.

This would be the Buccaneers’ immediate solution to the loss of Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement on Tuesday, June 21.


Buccaneers Would Replace Gronkowski With Schultz

The deal would be similar to what the Cowboys received in the trade involving Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns — a mid-round draft pick.

“This is the swing-for-the-fences answer to losing Gronkowsk,” says Auman. “Schultz, 25, has been prolific in the last two seasons with the Cowboys, making 78 catches for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He got the franchise tag from Dallas, good for $10.9 million this season, but didn’t attend the final week of OTA workouts amid frustration with extension talks.”

Schultz posted 78 receptions for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season, numbers eerily similar to Gronkowski’s stat line of 55 receptions for 802 yards and six touchdowns last year.

As noted by Auman, Schultz sat out the final week of OTA activities to show his displeasure over his contract situation. The 26-year-old tight end has until the July 15 deadline to agree to a contract extension with the Cowboys. If a new contract is not agreed upon by then, Schultz will play out the 2022 season under the tender.

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