Will Dez Re-Sign With The Cowboys?

Dez Bryant has become all that the Cowboys hoped he would become when they made him a somewhat controversial first round pick in the 2010 draft (24th overall).  He and Tony Romo have developed a chemistry that continues to produce results.  He is on a pace this season barring injury to deliver another 90+ catch season, 1350 yards receiving, and 19 touchdowns.  Yet, he is still working off of his rookie contract that has him making under $3MM this season.  That makes him the 41st highest paid receiver in the league behind the likes of Miles Austin, Santana Moss, and Eddie Royal to name just a few.  Bryant will be a free agent come the 2015 season so the Cowboys’ front office is likely going to start working on an extension for Dez before he hits the market.

But, is that really in Dez’s best interest?  Dez is happy in Dallas and likes his QB and the offensive system where he is featured.  Jerry Jones has also shown a penchant for big contracts that completely overvalue a player’s potential.  That certainly works in Dez’s favor.  The team obviously wants to lock him up for a longer term.

But, here is food for thought.  What happens to Dez’s career once Romo is finally done?  The Cowboys have done nothing to date to try and groom the eventual replacement for Tony Romo.  Like him or not, there is no arguing he and Dez work well together.  Ask Larry Fitzgerald how fun the game is when you are the best receiver on the field most games with no one that can get him the ball.  I don’t think Dez will be that patient.  Before I signed a long-term, 5 0r 6-year extension with this team, I would want to have a better idea of what Romo’s plans were and what the team’s plans were to develop their next QB.  Alex Tanney is capable enough but he is not the answer.  The Cowboys are going to have to make a commitment to a higher round QB in next year’s draft (3rd or 4th round) - at first to replace Orton as Romo’s backup but ultimately to take over the starting role.

Without that commitment to the future, I’m not sure Dez will want to re-sign with the Cowboys.  He will make a LOT of money on the free agent market it he continues to play the way he is now.  And, you know Dez wants to make money – but I think he also wants to leave his mark on the record book.  He and his agent are going to have to weigh the situations that are potentially out there – will he have a better career with someone like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, or Andrew Luck getting him the ball to name just a few possibilities?

Of course, it is all speculation at this point.  It would be a shame to see Dez go elsewhere but it is not a given that he decides to stay.  Let’s hope he does and the Cowboys have someone that can get him the ball!  Throw up the X!  Go Cowboys!

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  • Corey Butler

    Dez should definitely leave the cowboys. Jerry is going to ruin his career just as he did Wars’s, Witten’s, Romo’s, Jenkins, Newman, Ratliff, Carpenter, Felix Jones’, Julius Jones’, Antonio Bryant’s and many more. The cowboys are losers and there is only more frustration to be had. Dez should go to the 49ers, Colts or Seahawks–somewhere were he could have at least a fighting chance to actually win something. Flozell Adams left this dysfunctional organization and went to a superbowl. The cowboys are losers and if Dez stays, his potential hall of fame career will be ruined.

    • aprado209

      I don’t think the niners will have the money or Seattle going teams and there own need to be resigned. Colts would be the ideal places seeing nothing is guaranteed with the next rookie qb class..

    • Jared Watson

      Flozell Adams “left” the Boys cause he could not stop causing penalties, Newman “left” cause he could not longer run, same with Carpenter and Felix. Jerry ruined Whitten’s career, by allowing him to play in a system where he has broken all the records and may go down as the 2nd best in history to play at his position….Your Dallas hate is evident Corey. You speak of frustration, then recommend the 49ers….brilliant!

  • jrcowboy49

    With many good QB’s available in 2014 draft combined with Dallas likley drafting in the low teens, it may be wise to look at the 1st or 2nd round for a QB.

  • FanInHawaii

    I dont understand why you believe the Cowboys aren’t commited to the future. We get younger starters every year. Look at the OFFENSE: Smith, Leary, Frederick, Bryant, Williams, Harris, Beasley, Escobar, Hanna, Murray, Randle, Dunbar, Tanner
    DEFENSE: Claiborne, Webb, Rayford, Wilbur, Hayden, Bruce Carter, Sean Lee, Holloway, Church…12 of the 22 are current.
    All these guys have 4 years or less in the NFL. Jason Garrett has done a very good job of getting younger. They are the present and future of the Cowboys.
    I agree that we need to think about the future quarterback. Romo won’t last forever. But he should last at least 2-4 years so there is still time to draft the future quarterback and groom him for 1-3 years starting next year. There will be a few great qbs coming out of college in the next couple of years.