2. Michael Gallup’s extension
The Cowboys certainly had their pick at which receiver they wanted to keep following the 2021 season. Cooper was making $20 million a season, and Michael Gallup was a free agent about to test the market coming off a torn ACL.
In mid-March, Dallas reached an agreement with Gallup on a new five-year, $62.5 million extension. Just three days later, Jerry Jones and company shipped Cooper off to the Browns.
At the time, it seemed like a good deal for a wideout who once had a 1,100 yard season. However, was this really the right move for Dallas long term?
Gallup had a fantastic season in 2019 with the Cowboys. He caught 66 passes on 113 targets for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. Even in 2020, the wideout had 59 catches for 843 yards and five touchdowns. It was a step down in production from his 2019 campaign, but he still provided good numbers for Dallas.
After that, though, injuries have really stumped his potential. In 2021, he dealt with a calf strain that caused him to miss seven games. Then, Gallup tore his ACL in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals that same year.
Despite the long road to recovery, the Cowboys still paid Gallup. Since then, he hasn’t been the same player.
Gallup has told multiple Cowboys media members that he is mentally feeling 100% and is past his knee issue. But the wideout just doesn’t get targeted on offense.
Through two weeks, he has just two catches on four targets for 13 yards. He is not a part of the offensive game plan and hasn’t been for the past two years. Week 3 was a positive step, but he hasn't been a consistent player since his ACL injury.