Hurns (ankle) hasn't been approached about restructuring his contract, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Carrying a non-guaranteed $5 million base salary in the second season of a two-year contract, Hurns became an obvious candidate for a pay cut or release after the Cowboys added slot man Randall Cobb. The salary is a lot to pay for a likely No. 4 receiver, but it's possible the team places a premium on Hurns' ability to play both inside and out. The 27-year-old wide receiver is rehabbing from an ankle dislocation suffered in the playoffs, recently doing some jogging with the goal to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. It still won't come as any surprise if Hurns is cut at some point before Week 1.
The reported value of Cobb's contract is equal to the amount of cap space the Cowboys can free up if Hurns is released before Week 1. Coming off a disappointing Dallas debut that ended with a dislocated ankle in the playoffs, Hurns may need to accept a pay cut to make it to the second season of his two-year contract. The 27-year-old currently projects as the team's No. 4 wide receiver, with Cobb handling the slot while Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup take most of the snaps outside. The Cowboys do expect Hurns to be ready for training camp, but he may find himself fighting just to stay on the roster once he's healthy.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones recently indicated that Hurns (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp and could be an option to replace Cole Beasley in the slot, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. "When you look at Hurns and what he was in Jacksonville, he was a slot. He's certainly an option if we lose Beasley, in terms of filling that role," Jones said at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Hurns is on the mend from surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and was never expected to be ready for OTAs or minicamp anyway. With Beasley (Bills) out of the picture, he's now entering the draft as the likely No. 3 receiver behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in Dallas. There's upside to be had if Hurns can ultimately secure a similar role to the one he had during his 2015 season with Jacksonville when the Miami product averaged 16.1 yards per reception and 9.8 yards per target with 10 touchdowns.
Signed to a two-year, $11 million contract last offseason, Hurns fell to No. 4 on the depth chart by November and then suffered an ankle dislocation in the first round of the playoffs. He had surgery the same day he suffered his injury, with the expectation of a return to football activities by August. Hurns would make sense as a slot replacement for impending free agent Cole Beasley, but it won't come as any surprise if Dallas ends up releasing the 27-year-old -- a move that would free up $5 million in 2019 cap space (per overthecap.com). The team seems happy to move forward with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as the starters outside.
Hurns' move to IR was fully anticipated after he suffered a dislocated left ankle in Saturday's wild-card win over the Seahawks that required emergency surgery. The Cowboys are optimistic that Hurns will be ready to resume football activities in August, but if the veteran is at less than full health for training camp, he could become a candidate for release. Dallas elevated Lance Lenoir from their practice squad to fill Hurns' spot on the roster ahead of this weekend's divisional-round showdown with the Rams.
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