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Dallas Cowboys use franchise tag on Dalton Schultz, per report

The Cowboys will keep their standout tight end, who had a breakout 2021 season.

Dalton Schultz #86 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 8, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys will use the franchise tag to keep tight end Dalton Schultz on their roster for at least another season, per Ian Rapoport. Schultz gets a fully guaranteed one-year contract, reportedly worth about $10.8 million.

Schultz has spent the last four seasons with the Cowboys, but had his breakout season in 2021. The 25-year-old tight end posted 78 receptions (104 targets) for 808 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 6-foot-5 tight end has become an integral part of the Cowboys’ offense and will be a major factor next season with the team likely to release Amari Cooper. It will be interesting to see what type of long-term deal that Schultz will get from Dallas. His calculated market value is a four-year, $50 million deal, according to Spotrac. That projected contract would match what Austin Hooper got from the Browns (4-yr/$42M) in 2020 and Hunter Henry got from the New England Patriots last offseason (3-yr, $37.5M).