3 Reasons Cowboys Dez Bryant May Not Return In 2015

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Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during pre game warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots invest heavily in their quarterback and offensive line, but did not extend star receivers such as Randy Moss and Wes Welker. The Green Bay Packers made quarterback Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in the league, but let premium wideout Greg Jennings sign with the Minnesota Vikings. The Pittsburg Steelers paid quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and watched their No. 1 receiving threat Mike Wallace sign with Miami.

The Chicago Bears invested in both quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and missed the playoffs last year with one of the worst defenses in the league. The Detroit Lions invested heavily in quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and have had one winning record during Stafford’s career.

This dynamic could speak to the ways in which consistently successful GMs manage their cap space. A team has only so much money to spend each year, and it could be that the good teams allocate it by position as opposed to personality. Once they’ve paid a quarterback, successful GMs appear reluctant to pay wideouts. The San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks may at first appear to be outliers, but those GMs have so far followed the pattern. San Francisco paid Anquan Boldin and Seattle paid Percy Harvin to be No. 1 receivers, but their quarterbacks are still playing out rookie contracts.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo signed a 6-year, $108 million deal in 2013. He will count over $27 million against the cap in 2015, assuming he’s not restructured again. If the Cowboys front office is looking to emulate perennial contenders like the Patriots, Packers and Steelers, they could be prepared to let Bryant walk.

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  • SmartThinking

    Bryant’s going nowhere. He’ll either re-sign or restructure for less to remain a Cowboy. And/or, big Jones will up the ante and pay him more. No way big Jones let’s Bryant walk. His ego has been deflated enough with Ware’s and Ratliff’s departures. Bryant represents big Jones’ skewed image of what this Dallas team should be.

    • Art

      Dude. How can Dez restructure when he doesn’t have a contract? And why would Dez take less than top $$$ to play anywhere? And if by some miracle he did take less to remain a Cowboy, how can you not pat the GM on the back for making that happen?

      • SmartThinking

        Dude?

  • Old Frog

    I’m glad someone is posing the question. Bryant was ranked 13th in total yards and yards/game in 2013. He tied for highest number of fumbles (3). Let him go if he won’t play for $6-8 million/year.

  • will hall

    Put it this way , is he the best receiver the division? Does he force double coverage? Do you game plan against the Dallas offense trying to limit his touches? If you say yes to any of those questions, you pay him what he deserves. He has said he wants to be a cowboy for life, lets try and keep one of the best WR in league in Dallas.

  • Earl Robertson

    To win u need a good qb, a great OLine and DLine that is where u should spend your money. If you draft good you will have a good enough team all around to win

  • nick

    Mr jones ain’t lettin him go ne where

  • trinity

    Maybe he will leave because he actually wants to win, and that won’t happen in Dallas.

  • Malcolm Currie

    The logic of comparing Dez with Miles is flawed, even in Miles best days he wasn’t nearly the receiver Dez is!!!

    • John

      Agreed no logic in comparing their talent. Their contract status and injury histories are certainly comparable, though…

  • PaulTX

    I would keep him.

  • bill

    you’re forgetting that all those wrs who were let go were either old or didn’t want to return. dez is young and wants to stay

  • Juanito Juanito

    10 mill to help the team for bryant