Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore stated that rookie WR Jalen Tolbert is “awesome” and that “he’s going to be a really good addition” to the team. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
Fantasy Impact: Tolbert has received high praise from HC Mike McCarthy and OC Kellen Moore recently, and he may be a name that fantasy managers want to familiarize themselves with as we enter fantasy draft season. Tolbert, who was a 3rd-round pick in last month's NFL Draft, is a 6’3” wide out with high-end speed and he was dominant at Southern Alabama, producing 1,474 receiving yards and 8 TDs in 2021. Tolbert could be in line for a big role early on with Amari Cooper out of the picture and Michael Gallup still recovering from a torn ACL. Tolbert is the current favorite to be CeeDee Lamb’s sidekick in 2022, which can be a valuable role in Dallas’ high-powered offense.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Chicago Bears RB Ryan Nall is signing with the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Nall, the former Oregon State Beaver, struggled to make his way onto the NFL playing field while playing for the Chicago Bears. Nall has only 12 career rushing yards since going undrafted in the 2018 NFL draft, and will face an uphill battle trying to work into the Cowboys RB rotation with Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard sitting atop the depth chart. Nall provides depth for the Cowboys RB room and will need to impress during OTA’s and training camp to crack the teams 53-man roster. Nall is not a player who needs to be rostered in fantasy leagues.
Former Cowboys S/LB Keanu Neal is signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Neal was a really nice addition for the Cowboys last season, and he should prove to be a quality starter in Tampa too. He mostly played at the linebacker position in Dallas, but it is projected that he will move back to safety for the Buccaneers. The veteran should provide versatility and grit that will be a boost for Tampa Bay's defense.
Free agent WR Malik Turner was hosted on a visit to the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Turner, who has been on and off the roster the past two seasons for the Cowboys, was hosted on a visit by Arizona Wednesday. The team is looking add some depth at the position, especially after losing Christian Kirk in free agency. There is no deal imminent, but it's possible the team will look to lock him down in the coming days.
Jayron Kearse has re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 28-year old safety's return helps shore up the secondary for Dan Quinn's defense. With his deal, another safety comes off the market, leaving Tyrann Mathieu and Terrell Edmunds as the two top remaining options.
Sun, Mar 20th 5:20am EDT
By Alex Michael
In a one-year that deal that is reported to be worth around $5 million, Dante Fowler signs with the Cowboys after his release from the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday. (Source: Dallas Cowboys)
Fantasy Impact: After two years in Atlanta, 27 year-old Fowler Jr. signs for the Dallas Cowboys, promising to be the direct replacement for Randy Gregory who joined the Cleveland Browns this week. After two seasons in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Jacksonville respectively, Fowler still has fantasy value in a team that is poised to challenge for a play-off spot again in the 2022 season.
Fri, Mar 18th 11:15am EDT
By Leo Sells
OLB Leighton Vander Esch has agreed to a new, one-year deal to return to the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Vander Esch has been an important piece for a much-improved Cowboy's defense, and they will retain him for at least another year. The veteran OLB has been important in allowing the team to utilize Micah Parsons properly, and he will look to establish his value and earn a nice contract for next off-season.
Per Todd Archer, right tackle La'el Collins will be released by the Cowboys today which will save the team $10 million. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Collins started 10 games for the Cowboys in 2021 and allowed two sacks. PFF graded the 28-year-old at an 80.2 which was the 15th highest grade for all tackles in 2021. The LSU product still has enough high-end talent at an extremely important position and will be pursued by multiple teams once released. Terence Steele is next up on the Cowboys depth chart. The 24-year-old has plenty of experience already in his young career as he has started 27 games for the Cowboys in his first two seasons as a pro.
Dorance Armstrong, Jr., and the Cowboys are nearing a deal for the defensive end to stay in Dallas. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old had a good season last year, collecting five sacks, one pass deflection, and 37 tackles. The Cowboys are attempting to replace Randy Gregory after he chose Denver and they are expected to remain in the market for pass rush help.
Randy Gregory has now switched upon his reported commitment to Dallas and is expected to sign a five-year, $70 million deal with the Broncos. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Gregory is a huge get for Denver in the year one of the Russell Wilson era. The veteran pash-rusher will help bolster an already solid Broncos defense and help fill the void left by trading Von Miller at last year's trade deadline.
Connor Williams and Miami have agreed to terms on a two-year deal. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Williams had a stellar season in 2021. He allowed only 13 pressures, which was the second-lowest tally in the league. He had the ninth highest overall grade, ninth highest pass block grade, and twelfth highest run block grade. Extra protection for Tua Tagovailoa should help the young QB improve his passing efficiency which should also boost Jaylen Waddle's production. Miami is certainly making strides to improve on their weaknesses from last year.
Malik Hooker is re-signing with the Cowboys on a two year, $8 million deal.
Fantasy Impact: Hooker was a good addition for the Dallas defense after spending his first four seasons in Indianapolis. He will be a solid contributor for one of last year’s best defensive units.
According to multiple reports, DeMarcus Lawrence has agreed to a new three-year, $40 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys that includes $30 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Lawrence was one of the key players for what was an elite Cowboys defense when healthy, but struggled with injuries this past season. Expect Lawrence to get healthy this off-season and help contribute to the much-improved Cowboys defense.
Mon, Mar 14th 4:43pm EDT
By Leo Sells
Free agent wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is closing in on a three-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. (Source: Jonathan Jones on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The specifics of the contract haven't been released yet, but it's expected that Wilson will sign a new, three year deal with the Dolphins. The team lands a younger receiver that's coming off a break-out year, and he should be a key contributor on the offense from day one.
Sun, Mar 13th 7:05pm EDT
By Kyle Williams
According to Cameron Wolfe, Michael Gallup has agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Cameron Wolfe)
Fantasy Impact: After trading Amari Cooper and his $20 million cap hit till 2024, the Cowboys came to terms with soon-to-be free agency, Michael Gallup. The 26-year-old agreed to terms on a five-year, $62.5 million extension to stay in Dallas. The veteran was set to be a trendy WR target in a dry WR market but will stay in Dallas as the number two in the offense behind CeeDee Lamb. With Amari Cooper vacating 104 targets last season, Gallup seems in line to produce WR2 numbers in fantasy this season and could potentially push Lamb as the WR1 in the offense.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper has been traded to the Cleveland Browns along with a sixth round draft pick in exchange for a fifth round pick and a sixth round pick, according to multiple reports. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Cooper has been rumored to be on the trade block for a few months now, but the Cowboys' compensation for the Pro Bowl wideout is somewhat surprising. The Cowboys need cap space, and Cooper is due $20 million in each of the next three seasons, so this was a financially motivated move. Cooper immediately steps in as the No. 1 wide receiver in Cleveland, while CeeDee Lamb, tight end Daulton Schultz, and Michael Gallup (assuming he is re-signed) figure to benefit in Dallas.
Greg Zuerlein and Blake Jarwin have both been released by the Cowboys. (Source: Ari Meirov of PFF on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The pair of moves brings the Cowboys additional salary cap relief. They will now be in the market for a new kicker, and still have to make a decision on Amari Cooper, with the start of the new league year fast approaching.
The Cowboys restructured the contracts of Dak Prescott and Zack Martin to clear $22 million in cap space. (Source: Kevin Patra from Around the NFL)
Fantasy Impact: Most of Prescott's $20 million base salary shifted into a signing bonus to create $15 million space for this year's cap. Martin's deal was converted similarly for another $7 million. These moves were necessary for Dallas since before tagging Dalton Schultz and re-signing Noah Brown, the Cowboys were $12 million over the projected cap.
WR Noah Brown is re-signing with the Cowboys on a one-year contract, according to Michael Gehlken. Terms of the deal are not yet available. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: While not the WR news fantasy football enthusiasts are anticipating, re-signing Brown provides the Cowboys with much-needed depth. The WR has just four starts in as many seasons, though. Last season, Brown totaled 16 receptions on 25 targets for 184 yards. Brown's role has an outside chance to expand if the Cowboys move on from Amari Cooper, aren't able to re-sign Michael Gallup and/or Cedrick Wilson, and do not spend early-round draft capital on a rookie WR.
The Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on impending free agent tight end Dalton Schultz. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Schultz has now put together back-to-back big seasons, and 2021 was undoubtedly the best year of his career. The 25-year-old stepped up as Dallas' No. 1 tight end, hauling in 78 of 104 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. He was consistently a top fantasy option and remains an intriguing piece going forward. Schultz's return to a Dak Prescott-led offense coupled with the expected departure of Amari Cooper puts the former fourth-round pick in the mid-range TE1 territory heading into 2022 fantasy drafts.