Dalton Schultz

Dallas Cowboys
Tight End #86
Dallas Cowboys
Tight End #86

Dalton Schultz News

Reporting to minicamp

Schultz is in line to be present for this week's mandatory minicamp, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The tight end elected to skip the final week of the Cowboys' voluntary OTAs, with an eye toward jump-starting contract negotiations. As things currently stand, Schultz is slated to play this coming season under a $10.9 million franchise tag, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero relays that talks related to a potential long-term deal have recently picked up. Though nothing is imminent on that front, it appears as though there's mutual interest to that end. The 25-year-old is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he logged a career-best stat line (78-808-8) on 104 targets in 17 games.

Jun 14, 2022 8:44 AM EST

Skipping rest of OTAs

Schultz informed the Cowboys on Monday he intends to skip the remainder of voluntary OTAs due to dissatisfaction with his current contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Schultz has already signed with Dallas for the 2022 season via a one-year, $10.9 million franchise tender, but both sides still have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. The soon-to-be 26-year-old produced a 78-808-8 line on 104 targets across 17 games last season, and he racked up over 600 receiving yards the year prior. In the wake of David Njoku signing a four-year, $56.75 million contract in Cleveland, it's unsurprising to see Schultz attempt to push the Cowboys towards an extension. There's not yet any indication that Schultz could consider skipping mandatory minicamp mid-June, as that would subject him to fines.

Jun 6, 2022 7:17 AM EST

Signs franchise tag

Schultz signed his franchise tag tender with the Cowboys on Monday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys and Schultz' representatives can continue to work out a long-term deal through July 15, but if nothing pans out he'll play out the 2022 season on a $10.9 million salary. After emerging with a 63-615-4 line on 89 targets in 16 games in 2020, he broke out even further with 78 catches (on 104 targets) for 808 yards and eight TDs last season. Dallas has made some adjustments to the receiving corps this offseason, moving on from Amari Cooper (traded to Cleveland) and Cedrick Wilson (signed with Miami), so Schultz' current competition for targets in 2022 are CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, who is recovering from a Week 17 ACL tear.

Mar 21, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Franchise tag official

The Cowboys officially placed their franchise tag on Schultz on Tuesday.

Analysis: Schultz will carry a $10.9 million salary to stick with the Cowboys for the 2022 campaign, which gives both sides another year to negotiate an extension. The soon-to-be 26-year-old proved his value on offense by racking up 808 yards and eight touchdowns across 17 contests last season, and with Blake Jarwin (hip) expected to miss the start of the 2022 campaign, shoring up the No. 1 tight end spot was exceptionally vital. What's more, Amari Cooper has been floated as a potential cut candidate and Michael Gallup (knee) isn't necessarily a lock for Week 1 even if re-signed. That could position Schultz to kick off the upcoming campaign as the No. 2 target on offense behind CeeDee Lamb.

Mar 8, 2022 9:03 AM EST

Getting franchise tag

The Cowboys will place their franchise tag on Schultz on Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Schultz emerged with 78 catches, 808 receiving yards and eight scores across 17 appearances in 2021, and with rumors abounding about Amari Cooper potentially being cut, it makes obvious sense for Dallas to keep the 2018 fourth-round pick in house. Having Schultz through the 2022 season on just under an $11 million salary gives he and the Cowboys more time to negotiate on a potential long-term deal. Dallas stands to make the transaction official prior to Tuesday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline.

Mar 8, 2022 7:07 AM EST

Candidate for franchise tag

The Cowboys may place the franchise tag on Schultz prior to Tuesday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The rumor mill has swirled around the Cowboys' receiving corps in recent days, with Amari Cooper potentially getting cut and Michael Gallup's (knee) reps negotiating an extension for the four-year pro. As a 2018 fourth-round pick, Schultz himself is due a new contract, but the team is considering placing the franchise tag on him to give more time to work out a new deal. If those talks fall through, though, he would be due $10.9 million under the tag in 2022. Schultz is coming off back-to-back productive seasons in which he reeled in 141 of 193 passes for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns in 33 contests.

Mar 7, 2022 4:04 PM EST

Leading receiver in wild-card loss

Schultz caught seven of eight targets for 89 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round.

Analysis: The tight end was once again Dak Prescott's most reliable option, leading the Cowboys in catches and yards as their season came to a disappointing finish. Schultz proves his 2020 performance was no fluke, setting career highs across the board by hauling in 78 passes on 104 targets for 808 yards and eight touchdowns across 17 regular-season games. He'll head into the offseason an unrestricted free agent, and Schultz has set himself up for a big payday, either from Dallas or from another club.

Jan 16, 2022 8:34 PM EST

Catches two touchdowns

Schultz caught all three of his targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Schultz made quite the impact with his few catches, scoring both of his touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half. The tight end's initial end-zone trip came from two yards, then Schultz revisited pay dirt from nine yards just five seconds before halftime. In doing so, Schultz brought his final touchdown tally this season to eight, doubling his prior career high set last year. The veteran will now turn his focus to Dallas' playoff game next weekend, with his opponent currently undetermined.

Jan 8, 2022 8:45 PM EST

Leading receiver in loss

Schultz caught six of 10 targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: He led the Cowboys in targets and receiving yards while tying Cedrick Wilson in receptions. The tight end has an impressive 22-203-2 line on 27 targets over the last three games, but as Dallas will have little on the line in Week 18 against Philadelphia, the team's starters -- including Schultz -- could get some extra rest ahead of the playoffs.

Jan 2, 2022 9:17 PM EST

Stays hot in blowout win

Schultz caught eight of nine targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 56-14 win over Washington.

Analysis: Schultz kept things rolling with his second touchdown in as many weeks. The 23-year-old has combined for 16 receptions and 149 yards to go along with those two scores after hitting a bit of a midseason slump. The speedy tight end will look to keep things rolling in an important matchup against the Cardinals next Sunday.

Dec 26, 2021 10:14 PM EST

Bounces back big in win

Schultz brought in all eight targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Schultz led the way for the Cowboys' pass-catching corps in receptions and receiving yards while falling just a target short of CeeDee Lamb's team-leading nine. The fourth-year pro's catch total was also a season high, and the entire performance represented a particularly timely resurgence after Schultz had delivered a season-worst 1-4-0 line against Washington in Week 14. Now seemingly back on track, the sure-handed tight end's next opportunity to deliver for managers in the fantasy postseason comes in a Week 16 home matchup against Washington.

Dec 19, 2021 3:16 PM EST

Only one catch in win

Schultz caught one of three targets for four yards in Sunday's win over Washington.

Analysis: It was something of an odd day for the Dallas offense, as Dak Prescott struggled to move the ball consistently even with the defense giving him some short fields, and Schultz's lack of production reflected that erratic performance. The tight end's numbers have declined since Michael Gallup returned to the lineup, and with CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper also healthy, there may not be a lot of looks left over for Schultz.

Dec 13, 2021 10:54 AM EST

Five grabs against Saints

Schultz caught all five of his targets for 43 yards in Thursday's 27-17 win over the Saints.

Analysis: The tight end continues to deliver solid, if unspectacular, numbers. Schultz hasn't reached 60 receiving yards since Week 6, but he's seen at least five targets in five of the last six games and posted a 21-221-1 line over that stretch on the steady volume. He'll look to make an impact in Week 14 against Washington.

Dec 3, 2021 7:37 AM EST

Productive in loss to Las Vegas

Schultz caught three of seven targets for 46 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a two-point conversion, in a 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

Analysis: While it wasn't an efficient effort, Schultz salvaged his day with a 32-yard TD catch from Dak Prescott down the seam in the fourth quarter, with Prescott going right back to Schultz for a two-point conversion that tied the score at 30-30 with less than three minutes left on the clock. The touchdown was the fourth of the season for the fourth-year tight end, tying his career high from last year, but Schultz will likely remain a volatile fantasy option in Week 13 against the Saints.

Nov 25, 2021 10:45 PM EST

Leads team in receiving Sunday

Schultz caught six of eight targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 19-9 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: While Michael Gallup led the Cowboys with 10 targets, Schultz was Dak Prescott's most reliable option and tied for the team lead in catches while leading in receiving yards. The six grabs also tied his season high, and with Amari Cooper (COVID-19) already ruled out for a Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) potentially unavailable as well, the tight end could be in line for big volume.

Nov 21, 2021 8:34 PM EST

Only one catch in rout

Schultz caught one of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Dak Prescott attempted 31 passes on the afternoon (with four more coming from Ezekiel Elliott on a trick play and then Cooper Rush on the final couple drives of a blowout win), but Schultz was an afterthought in the offense as he tied for his season low in targets. It's not yet clear whether his reduction in volume was due to this particular matchup, or Michael Gallup's return to action, or a bit of both, but Schultz suddenly seems a lot riskier heading into a Week 11 clash with Kansas City.

Nov 15, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Leads team in receiving

Schultz recorded four receptions on five targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Schultz led the team in receiving yards, though that is more of an indication of the Cowboys' lack of offensive production than a tremendous performance on his part. He compiled the majority of his production with receptions of 20 and 17 yards, marking his fourth game this season in which has recorded a catch of 20 or more yards. Schultz has seen a consistent role in the office this season, and that should only be solidified while Blake Jarwin (hip) remains sidelined.

Nov 7, 2021 7:15 PM EST

Struggles in Sunday's win

Schultz caught two of seven targets for 11 yards in Sunday's win over the Vikings.

Analysis: While the Cowboys' passing game as a whole has plenty of success with Cooper Rush at the reins in place of Dak Prescott (calf), Schultz was not on the same page as the No. 2 QB and put together his worst performance of the season. Prescott is expected back in Week 9 against the Broncos, however, which could allow the tight end to bounce back to the level that saw him to post a 23-296-3 line on 29 targets over his prior four games.

Nov 2, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Another strong effort Sunday

Schultz caught five of six targets for 79 yards in Sunday's 35-29 overtime win over the Patriots.

Analysis: The tight end continues to show a great rapport with Dak Prescott, hauling in at least five passes in five of six games so far this season, but Schultz missed out on his fourth TD of the year when Blake Jarwin caught a one-yard score instead. Schultz will head into the Cowboys' Week 7 bye with 31 receptions on 37 targets for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

Oct 17, 2021 6:46 PM EST

Team-leading catch tally in win

Schultz secured six of eight targets for 79 yards in the Cowboys' 44-20 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Schultz has strengthened his grip on the starting tight end job to the point that position mate Blake Jarwin didn't even log a target Sunday. Schultz now has three consecutive six-catch efforts, and although he saw his touchdown streak end at two games Sunday, his 79-yard tally served as his second highest this season. The 25-year-old will look to continue his impressive ascent in a tough matchup on the road against the Patriots in Week 6.

Oct 10, 2021 7:11 PM EST

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