It’s no surprise to anyone that Dez Bryant should be paid like a top tier receiver. It’s also no surprise that if the Dallas Cowboys choose not to pay him like one they would be out of their minds.
But there is good news for the Cowboys; Bryant has stated that in order to get the deal done before the final year of his rookie contract, he’d talk about taking a hometown discount. How much of a discount that means is a complete unknown to me, you and pretty much anyone outside of the Cowboys, Bryant and his agent.
It’s not even a question that the Cowboys need to pay Bryant, especially since he’s proven that he can avoid those off the field issues that he originally had. Bryant has really changed and is 100 percent focused on playing great football in the NFL and competing at the highest level. That’s something that a TRUE elite wide receiver does, and I think that his work ethic and focus on the game speaks a lot about his character.
Bryant is loyal to the Cowboys, which is a great thing, but he still deserves to become one of just seven other wide receivers who average $10 million per year. The newest member of the club is Brandon Marshall, who just got a three-year, $30 million contract. For those who are curious, the other players who fall under that category include Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Percy Harvin and Mike Wallace.
In the last two seasons, Bryant has put together a total of 2,615 yards, 185 catches and 25 touchdowns. The touchdowns alone rank in a tie for first in the NFL, while his receiving yards in the last two years rank sixth and receptions rank seventh.
The Cowboys have a history of paying their elite players big contracts before the final year of their deals, and they should absolutely get Bryant’s deal done sooner than later. Hometown discount or not, the man deserves to get paid.