Cowboys free agency 2022: Future of Michael Gallup creates questions that tie into Amari Cooper and others

In the days and weeks ahead of Super Bowl LVI, you would’ve thought the Dallas Cowboys were en route to SoFi Stadium for The Big Game — considering how they were still the main draw for several television and radio shows after having long been eliminated from the playoffs — headlines surrounding Mike McCarthy, Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn leading the charge. The reality is they were on the couch with 30 other NFL teams, and they must get to work on trying to figure out how to keep the band together while also improving it to prevent another postseason collapse in 2022. 

That begins with figuring out the futures of players like Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, two parts of their three-headed hydra at wide receiver. Although Cooper is still under contract, the offseason speculation wheel has already begun spinning wildly in his direction. Some are of the belief the four-time Pro Bowler might be on his way out of Dallas. 

As is stands, sources tell CBS Sports the team’s intention is to keep Cooper in tow for next season, but that might come with a contract restructure to help aid in their salary cap crunch. (The Cowboys are currently a projected $21.45 million over what’s expected to be a $208 million ceiling for each NFL team.)

Cooper is set to hit the Cowboys salary cap for $22 million in 2022, and while there are millions in savings to be had in releasing or trading him, the team can still garner millions in savings by doing a restructure, as seen in a the comparisons below. 

FYI: Signing bonuses were paid upfront and are simply prorated over the length of the contract for cap management purposes. All figures provided courtesy of OverTheCap.com.

Restructure

2022

$20,000,000

$2,000,000

$0

$22,000,000

$0

$12,586,667

2023

$20,000,000

$2,000,000

$0

$22,000,000

$0

$9,417,500

2024
$20,000,000
$2,000,000
$0
$22,000,000
$0
$0

This is the most feasible trigger for the Cowboys to pull as the calendar readies to…

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