To avoid fines, it is planned that the close end of the Cowboys will go to the mandatory minicamp

To avoid fines, it is planned that the close end of the Cowboys will go to the mandatory minicamp

Dalton Schultz appears to have made his decision on mandatory minicamp, and that shouldn’t surprise many people — if anyone at all. The veteran tight end skipped the back end of optional OTAs in silent protest of the lack of movement on contract talks with the Dallas Cowboys, leaving them to worry if he’d also skip minicamp from June 14 to June 16, and they now know. According to CBS Sports, Schultz is likely to report on Tuesday, putting an end to his brief strike.

Having already signed his franchise tag for 2022, one that will pay him just under $11 million fully guaranteed, it was a curious decision for Schultz to entertain holding out at all.

Schultz’s decision to consider holding out for a higher salary after signing his franchise tag for 2022, which will pay him just under $11 million fully guaranteed, was puzzling.

Given the circumstances, i.e., the tag having already been signed, he placed himself under contract for next season and, as such, would have been subject to nearly $100,000 in fines if he was absent the entirety of minicamp — those fines ballooning to $50,000 per day if he chose to continue his supposed holdout into training camp when it rolls around in late July.

And considering the deadline for he and the Cowboys to reach an agreement on a new deal is July 15, any holdout beyond that date (while under a signed franchise tag) would’ve been wholly moot from a leverage standpoint. In the end, and with the assistance of the 2020 collective bargaining agreement’s stranglehold on any possible holdout from a player who is under contract, Schultz had/has only one option: show up or begin carving large chunks of pay out of a deal that is currently only of the one-year variety.

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