3 free agent wide receivers the Cowboys can sign to replace Michael Gallup

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The Dallas Cowboys confirmed the inevitable when they released Michael Gallup on Friday. If his contract allowed it, the Cowboys might have cut Gallup in the middle of last season. That would've left them shorthanded at wide receiver, but that just speaks to how disappointing Gallup was in 2023.

As of this writing, Cowboys receiver room is composed of CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks, Jalen Tolbert and 2023 seventh-round pick Jalen Brooks. They also signed multiple receivers to reserve/futures deals, including Jalen Cropper and Racey McMath.

Lamb is obviously a superstar, but Cooks didn't exactly exceed expectations as Lamb's sidekick. Following Gallup's release, the Cowboys could use more firepower at WR. Here are some intriguing names to watch in that regard once free agency opens.

3. Donovan Peoples-Jones

Like Gallup, Donovan Peoples-Jones is coming off a miserable season. Traded from Cleveland to Detroit before the 2023 deadline, Peoples-Jones managed five catches for 58 yards in eight games with the Lions.

Between Amon-Ra St. Brown, David Montgomery, Jahmyr Gibbs, Sam LaPorta and Jameson Williams, there were too many mouths to feed in Detroit's offense for Peoples-Jones to find a consistent role. This season wasn't indicative of who Peoples-Jones is as a player.

At 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds, Peoples-Jones would give the Cowboys offense a much-need big-bodied red zone threat. His ability to create separation might be a right flag for Dallas, but he's tremendous in contested-catch situations and is a season removed from posting 61 catches for 839 yards and three touchdowns.

Still just 24 years old, Peoples-Jones has a ton of untapped potential. He could slot into Gallup's role as the Cowboys' WR3/4 and provide some worthwhile competition for Jalen Tolbert, who shouldn't be allowed to waltz into a prominent role as an unproven third-year receiver.