Dalton Schultz 2023 NFL free agency: Return to Dallas, head south to Houston among top landing spots for TE

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz, who received the franchise tag last offseason and is arguably the top player at his position in free agency this year,

has a career arc that most resembles a roller coaster. Since Mike McCarthy arrived as the Cowboys head coach in 2020,

Schultz is one of five tight ends with 2,000 or more receiving yards (2,000) and 15 or more receiving touchdowns (17) along with Chiefs' Travis Kelce,

Ravens' Mark Andrews, 49ers' George Kittle and Vikings' T.J. Hockenson.

While he has been a borderline, top-five producing tight end across most receiving metrics since 2021 --

ranking fourth in catches, sixth in receiving yards, and fifth in receiving touchdowns -- those ranks are slightly deceptive.   

The bulk of that production came in 2021 when Schultz totaled nearly the same amount of receiving touchdowns (8) that he has recorded in the other four seasons of his career combined (9).

Obviously, the most natural landing spot for Schultz is back with the Dallas Cowboys.

He has caught 15 touchdown passes from Dak Prescott, tied for the second-most touchdown connections with the Silver ,

and Blue's face-of-the-franchise passer along with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb's 15.

Only current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper, with 22 touchdown receptions from Prescott, has more.