Cowboys Are Being Pushed To Trade Michael Gallup In Order To Pay Dak Prescott

It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys need to do the right thing and pay Dak Prescott to lead the team, but a long-term deal has not been ironed out yet as the franchise tag deadline gets closer.

The free-agent quarterback is reportedly seeking $40 million annually and now the franchise is being pushed to “entertain” the idea of trading wide receiver Michael Gallup, opined CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora.

“Does Michael Gallup have a real future in Dallas given all of the moves they have made at receiver in terms of trades, draft picks and contract extensions?” La Canfora asked in a recent article projecting NFL trade candidates.

On Tuesday, La Canfora doubled-down on 105.3 The Fan about Gallup being traded.

“I think they should entertain [a trade],” he said on Shan & RJ. “CeeDee Lamb is gonna be a guy [entering] year two. After year three, if he’s who they drafted him to be, then you’ve got that situation. Could you trade Amari Cooper? Sure, but you just paid him. Contractually, it’s a different situation than if you traded the younger guy, a guy who’s still a bargain right now.

“I don’t see them having a $40-plus million quarterback and three wideouts making legit, big-time NFL money. Could they try to kick that can for another year? They could, but, boy, that defense still needs a lot of help. That offensive line all of a sudden is kind of long in the tooth and went from something you didn’t have to worry about to something you better be worried about. It’s about asset allocation. … You only have so many draft picks and the cap ain’t gonna be what anybody thought it was gonna be two years ago.

“It’s suboptimal, and you’re in a suboptimal situation with your quarterback. And once you’re paying him $40 million a year, you probably shouldn’t have to have three highly-compensated wide receivers all on their second or third contract.”

Gallup is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He finished 2020 with 59 receptions for 843 yards and five TDs.