Dez Bryant thinks he's a Top 5 receiver, but is he really?

Bryant made his first pro bowl last season, and leads the NFL in touchdown catches since 2012 ©GettyImages

Earlier this week, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, made some headline when he told reporters he deserves to be paid like one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.

Most of the time, this kind of media posturing comes as a contract is nearing its end, and in this case, Bryant is no different. 

He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $1.78 million this season. 

Bryant has reason to both demand and expect a raise because he's one of just four players in the NFL with at least 90 catches, 1,200 receiving yards, and double digit touchdown receptions in each of the last two seasons. 

It is worth noting that Calvin Johnson missed out on being in that group by six receptions last season and missed two games.

So with all of this production, what will the payout be for his next contract?

Lets take a look at the five highest paid receivers in the NFL right now, to see where the Market might be when the Cowboys and their best receiver come to a deal.

Some of the names might surprise you, and again with a Calvin Johnson note, Megatron will make $5 million in base salary this season, but his huge contract extension starts in 2015, and he'll be making quarterback money for the next couple of seasons. 

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