As they continue to finagle their bloated salary cap, the Dallas Cowboys are nevertheless inching near giving Michael Gallup an extension.
According to Cowboys insider Bobby Belt of 105.3 The Fan, the two sides are getting "closer to the finish line." Although a deal isn't expected to be completed Wednesday, one could follow in short order.
Gallup played just nine games during his contract year, recording 445 receiving yards and two touchdowns. After injuring his calf in the season-opener, he didn't return until Week 10. The wide receiver then tore his ACL in Week 17.
On Friday, Mike Garafolo said on NFL Network that the Cowboys are optimistic about his recovery and are working toward retaining the 26-year-old on what "could be a five-year deal north of $10 million per season."
The Cowboys cleared $22 million in cap space Tuesday by restructuring the contracts of Dak Prescott and Zack Martin. They would also have an easier time affording Gallup by enacting their reported plan to release fellow receiver Amari Cooper before his $20 million salary becomes fully guaranteed.
If Dallas cuts Cooper, Gallup will likely see an enhanced role this season. According to Pro Football Reference, he played three-quarters of the team's offensive starts when active. Along with getting elevated to top billing alongside CeeDee Lamb, Gallup will receive some of Cooper's 104 vacated targets from last year.
For the Cowboys to cut Cooper and pay Gallup instead, they have to expect a recovery closer to the playmaker who posted 1,107 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2019.