The Dallas Cowboys and star receiver Dez Bryant have been engaged in contract discussions for what seems like an eternity without finding common ground on a new long term deal.
Instead, Bryant's future in Dallas remains unclear, one of the NFL's top wideouts only tethered to the franchise on a yet to be signed franchise tag.
Money demands, a lack of trust in the player, and a new policy of financial restraint have all been cited when trying to figure out why no big new contract has materialized. Now, though, it looks like one specific clause could make all the difference.
According to Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPNDallas.com, The Cowboys and Bryant won't be able to find common ground unless the WR is willing to allow the franchise to have unprecedented control of his off-field actions.
"Even if the Cowboys agree in the financial terms with Bryant, talk to enough folks at Valley Ranch and it's clear Bryant isn't going to get a deal unless he agrees to some type of off-the-field structure designed to limit his risk."
Ever since being involved in a family disturbance back in 2012 Dez Bryant has always had to deal with people calling him out as a potential loose cannon, a firework ready to go off.
And, despite the star talent not having had any run ins since, it is clear that his current employers are not willing to take any risks if they are to hand out big money in the months to come.
Will Dez allow it?
While the Cowboys have long helped Bryant with off-field issues it remains to be seen whether the player himself would bow to such demands now that he is a seasoned pro with a clear recent past (despite rumors of potentially fictitious videos).
If the receiver isn't willing to endure such invasions of privacy for four or five more years such a clause could be the straw that broke the camel's back. You couldn't really blame Bryant for thinking he has outgrown the need to be babysat.
There is no doubt that Bryant will take to the field at AT&T Stadium in the 2015 season but, the longer these contract demands go back and forth on the negotiating table, the bigger doubts will grow that the two sides may never reach an agreement.
With saying goodbye to a man who racked up 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014 being the potential outcome, that is a major dilemma for all involved.
Cowboys fans: Should Dallas still be concerned about Bryant's potential off-field issues, or are they risking making a huge mistake? Have your say in the comments section below...
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