There was a time when Michael Gallup appeared to be one of the top up and coming wide receivers in football. Now, the Dallas Cowboys are being urged to cut him.
Bleacher Report’s NFL Scouting Department has listed Gallup as one of the top potential cap casualties of the Cowboys heading into this offseason, noting that designating him a post-June 1 cut would save the team $9.5 million in cap space and would only result in a $4.4 million dead cap hit.
Dallas signed Gallup to a four-year, $57.5 million contract extension in 2022, but things have not exactly worked out like the Cowboys planned.
In the first season of his new deal, Gallup logged just 39 catches for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Then, this year, the 27-year-old finished with 34 grabs for 418 yards and a couple of scores.
Gallup, who played his collegiate football at Colorado State, was selected by Dallas in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
After a decent rookie campaign, Gallup broke out in his second season, hauling in 66 receptions for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. The following year, he took a bit of a step back, catching 59 passes for 843 yards and five scores, and in 2021, his season was marred by injuries, which included a torn ACL in Week 17.
Gallup has not been the same since.
When the Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb in 2020, it looked like they were going to have a dynamic duo of receivers in Lamb and Gallup moving forward, but clearly, that has not panned out.
We’ll never know just how good Gallup could have been had he remained healthy. Unfortunately, Dallas has now reached a point where it must seriously consider releasing him in order to save some money.
Chances are, Gallup will never be able to regain his 2019 form.
The Cowboys went 12-5 this season and fell to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.