Dez Bryant's Dallas Cowboys future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months.
After a hectic few months of rumor and counter rumor, the Cowboys faithful had hoped they could rest easy for 12 months at least after the Dallas front office opted to place the franchise tag on the star wide receiver.
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Bryant though is yet to sign the deal (which will pay him around $13 million for the 2015 season), never mind any long term contract, and a new report today have revealed one of the major stumbling blocks causing the delay.
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As reported by Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN's Dallas reporter, the fact that Dez Bryant's new representatives are trying to cut ties altogether with the player's longtime adviser, David Wells, is one of the prominent reasons that no long-term deal has been agreed upon.
Wells has been assisting Bryant since 2009 when he first got into trouble during his college days. And, having helped a number of other Cowboys players through the years, the famous franchise want to see that relationship continue having seen the key figure largely stay out of trouble since Wells was brought on board.
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Indeed he has been a key figure in enforcing the "Dez rules" brought in after an alleged incident between Bryant and his mother.
The report today though suggests that Wells has received a cease-and-desist letter from Bryant's camp. In response the adviser claims he has an agreement with the WR through to 2016, and it is this ongoing dispute that has the Cowboys hierarchy worried.
"My job is to make sure Dez is productive in society and do what he's supposed to do to make him a better citizen, so he can be a productive player for the Dallas Cowboys." - David Wells on his role.
Many have speculated that the Dallas Cowboys' ongoing concern that Dez Bryant could lapse into off-field issues in the future has been a major stumbling block over any big money deal.
The fact that, after having switched agents last year to Jay Z's Roc Nation, Bryant appears dead set on making another potentially destabalizing move here is only further complicating the negotiations.
What do you think Cowboys fans? Are you worried about Bryant's future, and is giving him a big money deal worth the risk?Have your say in the comments section below...
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