Michael Gallup is slated to earn $2.443 million in 2021, the final year of his rookie contract. It will be the biggest single-season payout of the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver’s young career — and a mere drop in the bucket compared to his next deal.

Ahead of an inevitable foray into unrestricted free agency, Gallup is projected to meet or surpass the three-year, $37.5 million pact ($12.5 million annually) that WR Corey Davis inked with the Jets earlier this offseason, predicts Kyle Youmans of the official team website.

“Will Gallup have the type of season he did in 2019 and earn his way to a big-money contract from the Cowboys or another team? Or will he be third in the pecking order for a second year in a row behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb? Either way, there is a big chance for Gallup on the table entering the final year of his rookie deal, especially when looking at other wide receiver deals signed this offseason,” Youmans recently wrote. “On the long-term scale, Corey Davis signed a 3-year, $37.5 million contract with the Jets and Curtis Samuel signed for 3-years and $35.5 million in Washington. Each of which are around the deals that Gallup would earn should he have a big season with the return of Dak Prescott. Short-term wise, JuJu Smith-Schuster signed a one year prove it deal to stay with Pittsburgh after a rough 2020, something we could see for Gallup should he have similar production.”

Gallup is a bona fide pass-catcher who would start on just about every team in the NFL. That is not in question. What is in question, however, are his future prospects with the Cowboys, who committed $100 million to Amari Cooper and a first-round pick on CeeDee Lamb.