Dallas Cowboys Retain Michael Gallup Thanks to 5-Year Deal Worth $62.5 Million

Published 03/14/2022, 8:00 AM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have signed Michael Gallup, a day after trading Amari Cooper to the Browns. Gallup has long been looked upon as the Cowboys’ No. 3 wide receiver, but he’ll be coming in as a No. 1 wideout when he returns to Dallas. The athlete would have become a free agent after finishing his fourth season with the Cowboys.

With free agency approaching, the Cowboys have straightened out its wide receiver strategy, with Cooper moving and Gallup rejoining with a massive contract in hand. Furthermore, he’ll re-up with the Cowboys to help solidify the passing offense that features CeeDee Lamb. It looks like Dak Prescott will not be losing two of his top three receivers in the offseason.

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With Michael Gallup back in the fray, are the Dallas Cowboys making an appropriate decision?

Michael Gallup lands in Big Money

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Michael Gallup have agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million contract, which also includes a $10 million signing bonus. Moreover, Gallup’s knee surgery for a ruptured ACL went well, according to reports, and the newly re-signed receiver for the Dallas Cowboys will be “100 percent by August.”

With Prescott’s injury and the acquisition of CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup had a strong year in 2020, snagging 59 passes for 843 yards and five touchdowns. Gallup only played in nine games this past season because of injury problems.

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The athlete has been rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered against the Cardinals in Week 17 of the Cowboys’ season. During Dallas’ 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the NFC wild-card matchup, fans truly missed his participation.

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With the trade of Amari Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys may not have a powerful receiver in their offense. Michael Gallup is still rehabbing from his surgery, while Lamb isn’t a big shot athlete in the receiving corps as well. Yet, the Cowboys are relying on CeeDee Lamb and Gallup, whenever he is healthy, to step into larger roles on offense now that Cooper has been traded to the Cleveland Browns.

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) and cornerback Anthony Brown (30) celebrate during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

Even though Gallup will return, it will indeed alter the offense in Dallas next season. Besides cutting ties with Cooper, the Cowboys are allegedly in talks to trade veteran tackle La’el Collins; Enhancing the possibility to trade the OT before March 16, when free agency officially begins.

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Cedrick Wilson may quit the Cowboys once free agency begins. However, Noah Brown became eligible to settle a one-year deal with the team. For extra wide receiver help, the Cowboys could look to free agency and the 2022 NFL draft as well.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.

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