Cowboys’ Michael Gallup opens up about return of Dak Prescott, contract standing past 2021


Dak Prescott is again and fully wholesome, however you are nicely conscious of that by now. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are as nicely, one thing else you already know by now, and the the return of these three starters at cornerstone positions set the Dallas Cowboys as much as doubtlessly return to their put up because the No. 1 offense within the NFL — as they had been in 2019 and in 2020 previous to shedding Prescott to his season-ending ankle damage. That risk has Michael Gallup drooling throughout his jersey, having been compelled right into a taking a step again statistically as a result of a merry-go-round of poor quarterback play in Week 6 by Week 17, however having the expertise to nonetheless end with 843 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in 12 months 3.

Sharing the load with rookie first-round choose CeeDee Lamb (who completed with just below 1,000 yards receiving) additionally had an affect, however Prescott being again underneath heart means Gallup — simply one in all his favourite targets — may once more discover a technique to surpass 1,000 yards receiving as he did in 2019 (1,106). However true to his character, he is not nervous about his personal manufacturing. He is excited for what the offense as an entire can be in 2021, and the 25-year-old does not see a weak spot on that facet of the ball.

“I believe the sky is the restrict for us,” Gallup informed NFL Community’s “Good Morning Soccer” on Monday morning, sooner or later forward of the obligatory minicamp. “We stated that final yr. Clearly, we had some accidents on the staff and stuff like that. We’re already working out the gate proper now, it is simply OTAs. 

“I believe we are able to explode. We will do what we have to do out right here on the sphere and simply kill it. I do not see anyone stopping us.”

Contemplating what the Prescott-led offense was attaining earlier than, Gallup’s assertion is not a attain. The query is not essentially on their capacity to return to their prolific methods, nevertheless, however moderately if the entire key gamers/starters can stay wholesome going ahead. All indicators level to Prescott returning to his ironman days although, and that is the largest a part of the puzzle. 

“Dak appears like the identical outdated Dak, able to get on the market, able to be a frontrunner,” Gallup stated. “He simply has that little factor to him. Each time you see him, you simply need to be sure you’re doing all the pieces proper for him. He is a terrific dude on and off the sphere, popping out right here after his damage, after his contract. He is the identical outdated dude. 

“Ain’t nothing modified about him besides he simply needs to play now. Props to him. All the things he is completed, he is earned. Simply an incredible participant.”

Talking of contracts, it is time for the Cowboys to shift their monetary consideration to Gallup — having now secured Prescott and Amari Cooper to long-term offers in back-to-back seasons. Gallup is getting into the ultimate yr of his rookie deal, and since he is a former third-round choose, there is no fifth-year possibility within the staff’s pocket to train as a way of shopping for extra time. Gallup can be an unrestricted free agent in 2022, until the Cowboys use the franchise tag on him. And whereas he is caught within the second of attempting to assist Prescott and Co. bounce again this coming season, he is additionally not naive.

He is realized there is a enterprise facet to the NFL that may be fairly visceral at occasions.

“You are clearly going to consider [the contract status], however you possibly can’t actually do something about it besides exit on the sphere and do what you are presupposed to do,” Gallup stated. “You are not going to get that contract when you do not do what you are presupposed to on the sphere first. I believe, one factor to consider, you possibly can’t discuss something into the long run. You’ve got simply bought to do what you are presupposed to do proper now. 

“For me, it is simply going on the market serving to this membership win ball video games, have enjoyable doing it.”

Gallup has seen his title crop up in a wide range of unsubstantiated commerce rumors over the past calendar yr or extra, and the addition of Lamb to the combination solely drove additional hypothesis that his finish is quickly to come back in Dallas. Because it stands, that is by no means been the case, with sources regularly telling CBS Sports activities the Cowboys had been by no means thinking about buying and selling Gallup and (as of this exact second) nonetheless aren’t. Might that change sooner or later? Sure, as a result of something can within the NFL, however the Cowboys at present don’t have any willingness to take away a 1,000-yard receiver as their franchise quarterback makes an attempt to resharpen the offense — as a result of chemistry issues.

And in relation to the latter, Gallup and Prescott have it in spades. The 2 are exceedingly shut as not solely gamers but in addition buddies, and when it comes time to take a seat down with the Cowboys brass to debate what occurs after 2021, that may come into play — together with Gallup’s love for all issues Dallas. 

“Clearly, I would love to remain right here,” he stated. “I would like to be in Dallas. I really like the neighborhood, love the town, love the followers, so it is up within the air, however I need to be proper right here. So we’ll see.”

Gallup has reeled in 2,457 yards and 13 touchdowns in solely 35 begins over his first three seasons, and has turn out to be a/the definitive downfield big-play risk for the Cowboys offense. Lamb is predicted to have a much bigger position going ahead, however that plan is not being put in place with the considered shifting on from Gallup. The Cowboys are merely attempting to show their offensive bomb right into a thermonuclear one, they usually’d like to preserve Gallup as a lot as he’d like to stay round. 

The one factor to determine is the cash, and that is the place each side can be requested to show their conviction.



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