Source: Michael Gallup ‘closer’ to signing new contract with Dallas Cowboys
FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys are in the midst of a tough decision on whether to keep catcher Amari Cooper and his $20 million salary.
At the same time, they are in the midst of negotiations to keep receiver Michael Gallup, with a team source telling CowboysSI.com that the two sides are “closer” to a deal.
In Cooper’s case, his contract becomes fully guaranteed if he’s still on the roster on March 21. The Cowboys would like to keep him, but not at this price. For now, as CowboysSI.com was first to report, Dallas is trying to trade Cooper; but who will want a $20 million receiver and added trade cost, when every NFL team knows Dallas is “likely” to cut it if a trade can’t be created?
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So Cooper is in limbo. The Cowboys have two other receivers they would also like to keep in Cedrick Wilson and Malik Turner as they attempt to complete the job of CeeDee Lamb, who is under contract and listed as Dallas’ new No. 1.
In theory, the Cowboys could sign free agents Gallup, Wilson and Turner for a combined cost of what they’ll save if they part ways with Cooper – a savings of $16 million.
Will the Cowboys receiving corps be as good without Cooper as it was with him? It seems unlikely – one of the reasons this is all a tough juggling act.
And there is another problem.
There is an ongoing issue with Gallup regarding its availability.
At one point, he was expected to command possibly $13 million APY on a new contract through the free agent market. But that was before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a Jan. 2 game against the Cardinals. He had surgery on Feb. 10 and rehab may take more than eight moves, so Gallup’s return for the start of the season is uncertain.
The Cowboys obviously take this into account in their offer. And with Gallup “close” to accepting it? Of course, he takes that into account as well.