FRISCO, TX — Tight End Dalton Schultz is officially leaving the Dallas Cowboys. Drafted by Dallas in the 4th Round in 2018, the tight end became a fixture in a Cowboys’ offense that lacked serious wide receiver talent last season.
Tom Pelissero reported that the Houston Texans signed Dalton Schultz to a one-year deal worth up to $9 million. Last season, Schultz earned $10.9 million on the franchise tag with Dallas. The Cowboys had the option to use the tag on Schultz again this season but, instead, chose to use it on Tony Pollard.
Dallas has TE prospects Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot entering their sophomore campaigns this season, and the NFL Draft is still to come. While the Cowboys might lack experienced depth at the tight end position, they obviously felt that they had enough to let Schultz walk.
Since starting for the Cowboys in place of injured Blake Jarwin back in 2020, Schultz posted 198 catches for 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. He quickly became a dependable option for Dak Prescott. While it's a shame that he is leaving the Cowboys, the Texans gain a gifted blocker/pass-catcher. At only 26 years old, perhaps this short-term signing could become a long-term contributor for the Texans.