Wide receiver Michael Gallup is rumored to be joining the Chicago Bears, according to a tweet from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This would cause a ripple effect across the league, as new draft picks will mean some current players might not have their original team anymore.
The “Michael Gallup” is a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. He was rumored to be joining the Chicago Bears, but that has not been confirmed.
Getty Michael Gallup’s future with the Dallas Cowboys is up for debate.
With important wideouts Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson among the team’s major free agents, all eyes will be on the Dallas Cowboys receiving corps this summer. If the Cowboys want to re-sign Gallup, they will face stiff competition. According to Chris Rolling of Bleacher Report, the Bears and Jaguars are two of the main competitors for Gallup’s services.
“It’s easy to overlook wide receiver Michael Gallup of the Dallas Cowboys,” Rolling said. “In terms of name awareness surrounding Dak Prescott, Gallup trails CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott. Add in the fact that he only appeared in five games through Week 12, and it’s clear he’s not receiving much love.
“However, Gallup, 25, still possesses a lethal combination of height and speed on the edge, which has helped him average 15.1 yards per reception in his career. He has 1,950 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons, averaging more than 14 yards per reception in both. And he accomplished it despite Prescott only appearing in five games in 2020.
“Gallup should be projected as a No. 1 in practically any system based on the above plus the great plays he’s already making now that he’s healthy again.” Despite his absence, he is still the third-best receiver in the 2018 class, behind only D.J. Moore and Calvin Ridley—two more players who are certain to get first-round money.”
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The Cowboys are ‘too expensive’ to re-sign Gallup, according to one analyst.
The Cowboys will have a difficult time keeping Gallup if he receives a contract that is anything close to WR1 money. Consider the two teams indicated by Rolling as prospective matches.
According to Spotrac, the Jaguars are expected to have over $72 million in cap space in 2022, while the Bears are expected to have $44 million. Given the Cowboys’ depth at receiver with CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, Gallup would likely play a bigger role in either the Bears or Jaguars’ offenses.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, will be forced to make roster cuts since they are expected to be $12 million over the threshold. According to Bob Sturm of The Athletic, Gallup is “too pricey” for the Cowboys to keep.
On November 5, Sturm wrote, “Look, Michael Gallup is too pricey – even if he did cost himself a lot by missing half the season.” “He’s heading somewhere else.” But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that Wilson is more than capable of becoming someone’s No. 3. “I’d rather be here.”
‘I Would Love to Stay Here,’ Gallup says of his future with the Cowboys.
Gallup has expressed his desire to return to the Cowboys, but in free agency, athletes often follow the money. Gallup is unlikely to offer the Cowboys a hometown discount, particularly given he is still on his rookie contract, which pays him $3.5 million over four years.
During a June interview with The Athletic’s Jon Machota, Gallup said, “I would love to remain here.” “I’m hoping to be able to remain here.” But I have no control over it. Only what I can do on the field is within my power. It’s simply a matter of getting out there and making plays.”
Gallup said, “…I have my guys here in Dallas.” “I’ve been in Dallas for a while. Here in Dallas, I’m well-versed in the ropes. Dallas is a fantastic place to live. The audience is fantastic. The proprietors are fantastic. The group is fantastic. The coaches are outstanding. I’d want to remain here for a while.”
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