It’s time for starting wide receiver Dez Bryant to go from the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s one thing for a player to be great on the field but a headache and problem in the locker room, but for a player to not be on the same level as what he has been paid for and been a headache, that is something that will not be tolerated.
Bryant was hyped to be the next big thing when coming out of Oklahoma State and the Cowboys even gave him the prestigious #88 jersey. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones selected Bryant in the first round of the 2010 Draft. He put up some impressive numbers with OSU that earned him that right to be drafted so high.
Coming out of the draft, he signed with the Cowboys for five years, $12.05 million, roughly $8.4 million guaranteed. Big money to say the least.
Once Roy Williams departed from the team in 2011, he became the primary wide receiver alongside Miles Austin.
As he got better and better, the Cowboys signed him to a new contract in 2015 that earned him a five-year, $70 million contract that includes $45 million of guaranteed money and a $20 million signing bonus.
Not only his productive gone down but he is not always playing. He only played nine games in 2015 and 13 in 2016. He finished the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns. Those are not great numbers for the major money that he is earning.
If the Cowboys released Bryant this offseason then they would save $12 million. The Cowboys don’t have much in terms of their receiver core.
Outside of Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, they are bout to lose Brice Butler who has been groomed for a few years but wants to be starter. Also, their fan-favorite tight end Jason Witten is closing in on calling it a career soon.
With Bryant not being as productive as he once was and pulling in major money, the Cowboys could use that money to find new talent and help out starting quarterback Dak Prescott.
“We are not in any way off the page within the organization,” Jones said Sunday from the NFL Scouting Combine (transcript courtesy of the Star-Telegram).
“The reason we don’t discuss contract is that it is implies there is an issue with the contract. That is not fair to imply that there is anything until we sit down and announce we have done something one way or another.
"It takes two. It takes him and us to do anything with his contract. I’m going to leave it at that. You have asked me as I sit here do you want him on the team next year and my answer is yes.”
“I have had a lot of business with Dez over the years,” Jones said. “And I have been very involved with not only his contract negotiation but in many cases, his other personal business.
It’s just not awkward at all to visit. We plan on visiting with him about his business. We are both very comfortable, being very candid.
"When you have got that kind of relationship, and I do with him, then I’m optimistic when I am sitting here this time next year we would have done a real good job on his business.”
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