The Dallas Cowboys need a new offensive coordinator. Nobody thought it would get to this point, but with Mike McCarthy likely coaching for his job in 2023, and the offense looking overwhelmed in the last two playoff losses to San Francisco, the Cowboys and Moore “mutually parted ways” over the weekend.
Less than 24 hours later, Moore was hired as the Chargers offensive coordinator. How quick that transpired either underlines the mistake Dallas is making, or that Moore might’ve actually wanted to pursue a new opportunity.
While everyone is concerned about whom Dallas will appoint as Moore’s replacement, it’s flying under the radar that the former offensive coordinator could attract some Cowboys free agents to play for the Bolts on the west coast.
Here are three players we’d hate to see join Moore in Los Angeles.
3 Cowboys free agents who could follow Kellen Moore to Chargers
3. Dalton Schultz, TE
Schultz is seemingly as good as gone this offseason after he played under the franchise tag in 2022. The Cowboys could tag him again, or sign him to an extension, but the performance of rookies Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot allows the front office some wiggle room to let the 26-year-old walk.
As of this writing, the Chargers can’t afford to bring Schultz in. According to Spotrac, Los Angeles is expected to be $19.792 million over the cap.
Only six teams are worse off financial than Moore’s new squad, so they’d have to do some serious soul-searching to be able to afford Schultz at his desired price tag. That could fall anywhere between $12-14 annually, but it will undoubtedly be higher than $10 million.
The idea of Schultz catching passes from Justin Herbert is enough to make Cowboys fans nauseous. The tight end flourished in Kellen Moore’s system, and his production could increase playing with a more naturally gifted quarterback in Hebert compared to Dak Prescott.
Since it’s so unlikely, though, Schultz is No. 3 on this list.