The Dallas Cowboys are expected to be without one of Amari Cooper or Michael Gallup in 2022, with the former appearing to be the most likely departure.
CeeDee Lamb teamed up with Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper for an entertaining run for the Cowboys. It’ll almost probably be over soon.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Dallas does not plan to have that trio back in 2022, with Cooper the most likely to be on a different roster before the month of March is over.
“Several insiders at the NFL combine agreed that if Cooper returns, it would be an upset,” Gehlken said on Thursday.
Amari Cooper is set to be released by the Cowboys.
Lamb is set to return, while Gallup is set to become a free agent, and Cooper might be cut or sold in order to clear cap space.
If Cooper is still on the roster by March 20, he will be guaranteed $20 million. If they severed ways with him, Dallas would save a lot of money. The assured financial deadline forces a decision to be taken sooner rather than later.
Lamb has argued that the Cowboys should keep Cooper because of the “underappreciated” contributions he makes to the offense.
Gallup would be a much cheaper alternative to re-sign, though he is dealing with injury difficulties that make deciding whether or not to re-sign him difficult. On March 16, he will be a free agent.
Even if the team wants him back for playmaking reasons, they’d be putting money into a guy who has a high danger of injury. It’s not as simple as that.
That’s why Gehlken’s sources don’t appear to be completely ruling out Cooper’s return. If the receiver is amenable to it, a restructured contract can make sense for the team.
It’s all up in the air right now. And over the following few weeks, it’ll all come to a head.