1. Dalton Schultz, TE
In a perfect world, Schultz signs an extension with the Cowboys and spends the remainder of his prime in Dallas.
In a realistic world, though Schultz demands to be one of the league’s highest-paid tight ends this offseason, which he undoubtedly deserves to be, and goes to the highest bidder. And trust me, there will be multiple bidders.
After making $10.93 million on the franchise tag in 2022, Schultz will command no less than $11 million annually on the open market. He could max out at $13 million if a team is willing to go that high, as Ravens star Mark Andrews is the fifth-highest-paid tight end in the game at $14 million per year.
Whatever happens, don’t expect Schultz back with the Cowboys in ’23. Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot showed real promise as rookies, and there’s potential for the Dallas to sign a veteran on the cheap if their cap allows it.
If Sunday was, in fact, Schultz’s last game with Dallas, it wasn’t a great way to go out, as he showed awful awareness on the final drive. That shouldn’t paper over what was an exceptional final three years with the organization.