Predicting the Cowboys next 3 moves after Zack Martin contract restructure

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1. Cowboys release Michael Gallup

Releasing Michael Gallup should be the Cowboys next move. According to Over the Cap, they have just $1.835 million in cap room after restructuring Martin. That's obviously nowhere near close enough to sign free agents, let alone make noise in the frenzy.

Releasing Gallup with a post-June 1 designation would free up $9.5 million in cap space. That would put the Cowboys over $10 million in available cap space. That still wouldn't be enough to make a blockbuster signing, but Dallas hasn't spent big in free agency since it signed cornerback Brandon Carr in 2012.

We hate to advocate for a player to lose their job, but the writing has been on the wall with Gallup for multiple years now. It was impossible to project a decline of this magnitude, but the Cowboys created this mess by giving Gallup a five-year extension after he tore his ACL during the 2021 season.

They jumped the gun and have paid the piper. In two years since the injury, Gallup's posted 73 catches for 842 yards and six touchdowns across 31 games. That averages out to 2.3 catches and 27.2 receiving yards per game.

Gallup doesn't make crazy money, but that production would be disappointing for a rookie, let alone an established receiver in the league. At this point, we're just waiting for the notification that Gallup has been released.

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