The trade deadline is near, and Michael Gallup is still a Dallas Cowboys’ wideout
Many teams across the NFL are looking to trade for a player to help them win this season. Others are trading away expiring contracts for draft picks. With one year remaining on wide receiver Michael Gallup‘s contract, he remains on the Dallas Cowboys‘ roster.
This season, their offense was by far the best in the league before quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending injury. Despite him missing the past two games, Dallas still led the NFL in passing yards through Week Seven.
Gallup has been a lethal downfield threat and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards last season. He was on pace to eclipse that mark again this season before Dak’s injury but has seen his production plummet since his absence.
The 2021 season will be the last season of his rookie contract, and he may ask for a generous pay raise for the 2022 season. In the meantime, they locked up star wideout Amari Cooper through the 2024 season and rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb through the 2023 season.
All eyes are being put on Gallup to be the man out of Dallas. It’s not to say he hasn’t played well, but Cooper is the number one option, and Lamb is a cheaper (and more productive) option.
I mean, Gallup is in third among the three wideouts for all major receiving categories. The only stat he leads the way is for yards per reception, which is very efficient at 19.5. With all this in mind, Gallup is the man out in Dallas.
How would he leave the team that drafted him in the third round? The Cowboys could keep him around next season to help in a playoff push, but then they would lose him in free agency and grab a compensatory pick. Or, they can trade him before the deadline this season and receive the maximum return.
Dallas’ 2020 season is over. Keeping him around this season will not do anything except give 2020 seventh-round quarterback Ben DiNucci another weapon to throw to.
The only excuse to keep him around would be to keep the offense loaded up for the 2021 season. If Dallas plans on getting rid of Gallup, this season would be the time to do it.
To find a replacement, they can have a look at the NFL draft or free agency. As long as owner Jerry Jones isn’t paying big bucks, he will be happy.
There is going to be a good market for a young downfield threat on their rookie deal, so Jerry won’t need to look too much. He will get the deal that he wants, if not more.