They've done it. The Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant have finally come away from a negotiating table with all the right signatures in all the right places.
After months of speculation that climaxed this week with the wide receiver confirming plans to sit out for months if a contract couldn't be agreed before today's franchise tagged player deadline, Cowboys fans can heave a sigh of relief.
First reported by Ian Rapoport, and soon the Cowboys themselves, Dez Bryant has a agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with the famous franchise.
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Today began with little hope of such an outcome as reports suggested there was at best a 50-50 chance that Bryant and the Cowboys came to an agreement before the deadline had passed.
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Now inked to a five-year deal though, the franchise can celebrate keeping one of the most elite wide receivers in the game on their roster until at least 2020.
The money, $14 million per season with $45 million guaranteed, is a staggering amount and, until we hear otherwise from the Broncos and Demaryius Thomas, it makes him the second best paid wide receiver in NFL history - behind only Calvin 'Megatron' Johnson and his mega contract.
There was never any doubt that Dez Bryant deserved to be paid as one of the best after a five year spell in the NFL that has seen him haul in 381 passes for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns.
Instead, it appeared that concerns with Bryant's apparently temperamental attitude (as well as not wanting to set the market value for wide receivers) that caused a hold up that threatened to boil over.
Jerry Jones and co looked to have put those worries to one side this afternoon.
Developments today will come as a huge boost to the Dallas Cowboys as a whole as they prepare for the 2015 season.
In the space of just a few hours they have gone from having to make plans to be without Dez Bryant through training camp and the early part of the regular season, to being a franchise who can now make plans for offensive dominance safe in the knowledge they have number 88 locked in.
Cowboys fans: Just how important is this to your chances of Super Bowl success? Have your on the deal in the comments below...
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