3. Michael Gallup
I think it's safe to call wide receiver Michael Gallup one of the biggest disappointments in Dallas this past season.
Following a 2022 campaign where he was clearly still working himself back to 100% after his ACL tear, there was optimism Gallup would regain the form that made the Cowboys confident in handing him a big-money extension.
Instead, Gallup's production continued to be mediocre. Despite Dallas putting even more of an emphasis on the passing game, the wideout finished with a meager 34 receptions, 418 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Even worse, Gallup suited up in all 17 contests this year, and his numbers across the board were still lower than his hampered 2022 production (39/424/4 in 14 games).
Gallup putting up average WR3 stats isn't good enough when he's being paid like a clear-cut No. 2 on his five-year, $57 mllion extension. That contract does present a possible out for this upcoming season, though. The Colorado State product would only cost $4.35 million in dead cap space if he's designated as a post-June 1 cut, compared to just over $13 million if released normally before that date.
Spending wisely is one of the biggest things a contender can do when balancing limited cap space and a roster full of highly paid stars. Gallup doesn't provide anything that couldn't be cheaply replaced, either by a veteran free agent or a 2024 draft pick.
McCarthy would be smart to consider if a move here could help better optimize his personnel for next season.