There is no denying that Dez Bryant is quickly becoming one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. We know and he knows it, but the people that absolutely have to know it are the Dallas Cowboys. If the organization decides that Bryant is not as good as he is and does not pay him the money he believes he is owed, he is fully prepared to halt all contract negotiations.
Bryant wants a new deal by Week 1. If that does not happen, he will shut down contract negotiations completely. The main reason for that is because he does not want to be distracted, especially with so much on the line this season.
The good news is Bryant and the Cowboys are definitely on the same page. Bryant is excited that the team is willing to talk, while owner and general manager Jerry Jones is confident that a reasonable agreement can be reached.
“He obviously feels in the right circumstances he wants to get something done. We do, too. That can be good,” Jones said, according to ESPN.
Dallas has been anticipating a large contract for Bryant for quite some time, which is why they have made several organizational moves, such as cutting specific players to create salary cap space. However, despite the ability to sign him to an expensive long-term deal, the Cowboys also have the right to use the franchise tag on him over the next two seasons.
Bryant has put together solid back-to-back seasons. His 25 touchdown receptions since 2012 ranks first in the NFL and his 2,615 yards rank sixth. More importantly, his 13 touchdown catches was the best among wide receivers last season.
His statistics certainly back up his claim of wanting to be one of the highest paid players in the league. For that reason, do not be surprised if he achieves a minimum of $12 million per season, which appears to be his asking price.