The buck, quite literally, stopped with Dak Prescott.
Five months after handing $160 million to their franchise quarterback, the Cowboys have put a moratorium on extensions for contract-year players, such as wide receiver Michael Gallup and Randy Gregory. Rather than enter early negotiations, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reported, the team is taking intentional inaction until next offseason.
“Wide receiver Michael Gallup and defensive end Randy Gregory are among the Dallas players entering the final season of their contract. Speaking on background, two Cowboys officials said that the team won’t extend either before this season — or for that matter, any other impending unrestricted free agent. Such talks aren’t expected to occur until early 2022,” Gehlken wrote Saturday.
“The Cowboys see dust in the air with several players’ futures. They want to wait for it to settle.”
The 2018 third-round pick is among a slew of Cowboys scheduled to hit the open market next year. But no player has faced more uncertainty and speculation regarding his future than Gallup, the forgotten man among Dallas’ NFL-best receiving corps.
The club certainly prefers to keep Gallup, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb together. It just isn’t financially feasible with Cooper knee-deep in his $100 million deal and Lamb eligible for an extension in 2023 — an extension that should make Cooper’s blush.