Cowboys Dalton Schultz was furious at the lack of progress in contract talks, to leave rest of 2022 online travel meetings

Things are not going quite as well as Dalton Schultz had hoped they would as it relates to his ongoing contract negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys. To be more precise, it doesn’t go well at all. The veteran tight party received the franchise tag ahead of the deadline in early March that will pay him $10.93 million, and has signed it ever since – operating under the belief that there will be a smooth path to a long-term deal with the team.

Instead, this road has been riddled with potholes and cavernous fissures, and Schultz takes action by inaction. Sources confirmed to CBS Sports that the 25-year-old has decided to sit in the remainder of the OTAs in protest of how far he diverges from the Cowboys on a new deal.

Having reported so many of them and was already there (May 24-25 and June 1-2), if Schultz followed through on his threat, he probably would, given the little influence he now wields; He will not be subject to any kind of fine for missing the last four practices (6-7 June and 9-10 June), as online travel agencies are already voluntary.

As former Cowboys midfielder Darren Hambrick put it so eloquently last year:

“What does voluntary mean?”

Having said that, things get muddied for Schultz and Cowboys when the mini-camps begin June 14th. This is because junior camp in June is mandatory, and as such, the former will be subject to fines from the latter which mounts daily and could approach the $100,000 mark if Schultz sits all three days. Signing his franchise tag ensures he’s now under contract for the 2022 season, which is why he could be fined instead of freely operating during talks, essentially pushing all the leverage onto the Cowboys side of the equation.

The two sides still have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement, and training camp was not due to begin until nearly 10 days after that deadline, so there is still a chance of progress toward a happy ending. However, if a deal is not reached, a frustrated Schultz will have only two options: play the 2022 season under the mark or sit back and face a huge amount of ongoing fines, considering that a new collective bargaining agreement enacted in 2020 effectively puts the kibosh on. . On the player’s strongholds at present.

And for accounting purposes, the CBA now allows teams to show players who aren’t under a starter deal a whopping $50,000 per day for each training missed in bootcamp.

For his part, he made it clear that he wanted it stay in dallas.

“Obviously, I think that’s where I want to be,” Schultz said in April. “I have a good relationship with a lot of guys here. I love being here. I love this organization. I was grateful that I was at least able to come back here for a year.”

“I want to reach a long-term agreement and I think they are doing that as well.”

He left the door open for a potential swan song, however, considering the NFL’s business and, as an unspoken point, how difficult long-term contract negotiations have proven to become in recent seasons with the Cowboys front office (eg, Dak Prescott , de Marcus Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott, Randy Gregory, etc.).

“We hope we can do that,” he added. “But just knowing where I’ll be next year, I’m happy with that.”

Only, for now, it is not.

The Cowboys clearly found themselves raising Schultz’s value after not only having a career year in 2021, reeling in 808 yards (10.4 per catch) and eight touchdowns, but especially after parting ways with former tight start Blake Garwin. He was released after undergoing a rare hip surgery that could keep him out of football for the whole of next season and possibly beyond.

But did the Cowboys have, or ever have, a plan that would have Schultz put the market in this position?

That answer, to this point in the timeline, is a resounding “no”, and the Cleveland Browns (as one example) neither side has done any favors for this off-season. Upon signing David Njoku to a four-year, $54.75 million contract after initially applying the same franchise mark as the Cowboys did to Schultz, the Schultz label is officially set, but the Cowboys have a hard time swallowing those numbers—even though Schultz was more productive during The past two seasons (another 735 yards and six touchdowns since 2020) has been Prescott’s top target in 2022.

Although cowboys also see areas that need improvement, for example, a ban on running. Additionally, the club doesn’t feel like it’s without firepower in a post-draft position, still loves the roof over Sean McKeon, and interestingly enough they used their pick in the 2022 fourth round. Tight end rookie and former Wisconsin runner-up Jake Ferguson, same round they picked Schultz in 2018 (hint). It’s entirely plausible that despite the Cowboys’ desire to wear Schultz in the uniform in 2022, his value to the club may have slipped a bit with the selection of Ferguson who, at initial face value, has at least a chance of eventually replacing Schultz – the conclusion of the contract negotiations less convenience to the incumbent.

Both sides have negotiating points, and the two sides are currently working on them, with the deadlock reaching.

Tagging Schultz was never going to stop the Cowboys from taking a tight end in the draft, CBS Sports reported in March, but instead offered an insurance policy of nearly $11 million in case they didn’t pull out with one. Having done that now, and presumably McKeon is on the rise — also focusing on other inexpensive young talent like Ian Bunting and 2022 free-lance rookie Peyton Hendershot — the Cowboys feel they have enough options not to necessarily toss Schultz to the side, but to try to cut Its price is something they deem reasonable.

The club’s problem is that he doesn’t go along with their offers, and he’s making it too popular. However, Schultz’s problem is even more potent, because he has already signed his franchise mark. This means that he will either eventually show up and play, or he will start losing thousands of dollars which can quickly escalate into millions when factoring in training camp fines and lost salary, considering not sitting in training camp or actual games would change the fact the deadline was The 15th of July has already passed by that time – taking a continuous stance (or rather sitting) after that date entirely.

Time is ticking for both sides, but the Cowboys aren’t feeling the same pressure now as they were in March. This has now been passed on to Schultz, who was on a one-year contract, as his conviction for his case approached financial fires on June 12 and beyond.

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