Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup put on a spectacular performance in primetime against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 of the season. In an otherwise sloppy offensive performance, Gallup had a beautiful, twisting touchdown in the end zone and provided many key catches to help the Cowboys secure a 27-17 victory.
The wide receiver plays an integral part in the three-headed monster trio of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and himself. However, Gallup is about to enter free agency in March. Given that the Cowboys are third to last in available salary cap space as of this writing, it may be time to worry that other contenders in the league could drop big money to secure this receiver.
Given the Week 13 Thursday Night Football matchup, we’d like to say the Saints are in need of Gallup, but since they’re “sitting pretty” at last place in salary cap positioning, that isn’t too much of a concern. There’s only so much that can be done by converting aging money to roster bonuses.
There is no doubt that there will be a bidding war for this Cowboys receiver. But who should the Cowboys be worried about? There are plenty of teams in the NFL who need a strong wide receiver and are ready and willing to pay to get one.
3 teams the Cowboys should be worried about stealing Michael Gallup in free agency
3. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are sitting at the top of the AFC East with an 8-4 record. They have a strong, new quarterback in Mac Jones and are ready to get back to the dominance the franchise is so used to. With Jones at the helm, adding a prolific wide receiver like Gallup would be a huge weapon for the Pats.
Right now, their starting receiver corps consists of Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, and Kendrick Bourne – none of which are causing any serious buzz or excitement. The Pats may have strong tight ends, but they don’t have a player who can provide downfield range and go up and grab spectacular touchdown catches in traffic like Gallup. That was the idea for N’Keal Harry, but it has yet to come to fruition.
Plus, as Jones comes into his own and continues to develop, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will likely give him more freedom to send the football downfield. Having someone like Gallup waiting for his deep pass would give Jones someone to trust.
The Patriots have over $30 million in cap space to work with for the 2022 season, which would be a nice spot for a Gallup signing to slide into.