Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz wants a new contract after signing his franchise tag tender, which will pay him nearly $11 million in 2022. While Schultz missed a portion of voluntary OTAs because of frustrations with contract talks, he's attending mandatory minicamp amid a round of new discussions in recent days, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Schultz is coming off the best season of his career. In 2021, the Cowboys tight end caught a career-high 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns, making him one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL. He was third in receptions, sixth in receiving yards and fifth in receiving touchdowns among tight ends.
Dallas drafted Schultz in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He didn't do much in either of his first two seasons with the Cowboys, but then he broke out in Year 3 with 63 catches, 615 yards and four touchdowns. Then came his huge season in 2021.
Schultz will look to build on his career season as part of an explosive Cowboys offense that looks a bit different now with the departure of Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. With Cooper gone, Schultz could see even more targets after getting 104 of them last season.
It only makes sense that Schultz wants to get paid after his big campaign, but Dallas will have to decide just how much it is willing to offer given the presence of several other highly paid players on the roster. The deadline for a deal is July 15.