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McCarthy: Schultz Absence Strictly “Business”

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“Dalton deserves this position he’s in. So hopefully we can sort it out.”

Schultz and the Cowboys have until July 15 to reach a multi-year deal or Schultz must play the 2022 season on the tag, worth just under $11 million. Schultz signed to the label in late March.

He set career highs in catches (78), receiving yards (808) and touchdowns (8) last year and is expected to play a bigger role this season as the Cowboys move forward without the four-time receiver. of Pro Bowl Amari Cooper, who was traded to Cleveland in March.

McCarthy said he and Schultz have yet to discuss Schultz’s intention to return for next week’s mandatory minicamp.

“My conversation with him was that he was going to miss this week and that was to focus on his business situation,” McCarthy said.

Schultz had been a regular participant in the offseason program up to that point.

“I’m not worried about his commitment or what he’s done,” McCarthy said. “He’s in great shape. If he stood here, he’d tell you he’s the strongest he’s ever been. He’s put in a tremendous amount of work in the offseason. I think that’s clearly why I separate him. It’s the business. It’s the business that he tends to do, and that’s understood.”

Schultz’s absence this week meant more reps in practice for Jeremy Sprinkle, Sean McKeon, Peyton Hendershot and Wisconsin’s fourth-round pick Jake Ferguson.