3 free agent tight ends Cowboys can sign if Dalton Schultz leaves

Cowboys, Hayden Hurst. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Cowboys, Hayden Hurst. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
2 of 3
Hayden Hurst, Cowboys
Hayden Hurst, Bengals. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

2. Hayden Hurst

Hayden Hurst got a late start on his football career as he was originally trying to make it as a Major League Baseball player. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Hurst gave up on his pitching career and walked on with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

He spent three seasons there before entering the 2018 NFL Draft and was a first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens. It wasn’t long until he was beaten out by a fellow rookie, as third-round pick Mark Andrews became one of the best in the NFL.

This led to Hurst being traded to the Atlanta Falcons after two years, where he spent the next two seasons. He then hit free agency in 2022 and signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Again, he was a solid contributor with 52 receptions for 414 yards and two touchdowns but never really got much attention.


That’s been the story of his career as he’s quietly caught 177 passes for 1,718 yards with 14 touchdowns. He’s also done well as a blocker, making him an all-around option.

Dallas could decide to bring him in on a much more affordable contract. While they believe in Jake Ferguson, having an experienced veteran there as a mentor, and a capable starter if Ferguson isn’t ready just yet, would be a wise investment.