January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders wide receiver Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys (88) waves to fans during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Does Dez Deserve New Deal In Dallas?

We knew it couldn’t last, didn’t we boys and girls? The silence that had been the Dallas Cowboys off-season was interrupted in a big way when linebacker Sean Lee was once again lost to injury…and this time it happened even before the whistle blew on the first game of the season. What makes the loss of Lee even more significant is the fact that the Cowboys had already given up DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency. That’s coming on the heels of the 2013 season, which will go down in Cowboys history as arguably the worst defensive showing that has ever been seen in Big D. Now enter wide receiver Dez Bryant who wants to get paid. The timing is impeccable…

We all know that the latest #88 can put up some monster numbers. He has 25 touchdowns in the last two seasons and always demands a double-team when he steps on the field. What still bugs me about Bryant is his behavior when he isn’t on the field. Yes, I know Bryant has stayed out of trouble with the exception of  that jewelry mishap and the sagging incident. The matter that worries me is the fact that Bryant is still showing signs of self-control issues on the sidelines.

We only have to go back as far as the meltdown with the Detroit Lions last season to see what happens when Bryant loses his cool. Screaming, waving his finger in Tony Romo‘s face and flailing around like a temper tantrum throwing toddler are not behaviors that lend themselves to being considered a mature adult in any profession.

Quite frankly, the argument that Bryant is just so competitive and wants to win so badly that his emotions get the better of him has run its course with this Cowboys fan. Of course he wants the ball in big game situations, but acting like a spoiled child only reflects badly and shouldn’t be an option.

In addition to his continuing, if admittedly somewhat improved temper issues, there is also the question of Bryant’s own problems with injury. His back was a source of concern in 2013 off and on throughout the season. Although he played in the finale against the Eagles, there had been reports in the days leading up to that matchup that Bryant might not be able to take the field.

If only for those two reasons, it would seem to me that giving Dez a new deal before the final year of his contract isn’t the smartest move the Cowboys could make. At the very least Dallas could put the franchise tag on Bryant after the season ends and get a deal done then. That would seem to be the best move here considering the Cowboys past problems with handing out huge contracts in haste, only to find that the recipients of those mega deals can’t or just don’t perform up to the level that is expected.

While Bryant’s contributions to the team can’t be overestimated, let’s not forget that Dallas still hasn’t signed rookies Zack Martin and Demarcus Lawrence. That’s not to mention new deals for running back DeMarco Murray and offensive tackle Tyron Smith that are most certainly coming down the pipeline.

It is also somewhat troubling to me that Bryant seems to be pressing the issue of a contract extension at a time when Dallas finds themselves in a pickle with the loss of their best remaining defensive player in Lee. That doesn’t exactly scream team player.

Maybe spooling back just a bit might be the best move for everyone at this point.

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  • Rod Davis

    Tammy, whatever you do in your day job…….don’t quit it just yet. I remember another 88 with “issues”, and his makes Dez look like a choirboy. Oh yeah, that 88 is in the Hall of Fame, the same place the current 88 is heading. Dez isn’t stridently demanding a new contract, he just answered a mediot’s provocative question. Pay the man!

  • Old Frog

    I say wait until the end of the season. Let’s see if his back holds up and some other aspects of his game improve. Touchdowns are a wonderful thing but they aren’t the only thing for a receiver.

  • Mike

    I completely agree with you Rod. Dez deserves every cent that he’s going to get. He’s given everything to this team and for someone to make a article out of why we shouldn’t pay him is just ignorance. And why shouldn’t we lock him with a long term deal? Because of having to much passion for this game. If we only had more people like him on our team I don’t think we would be having this conversation. It’s crazy what people would write about just to deflect what’s going on right now with other people on this team. Dez is a future hall of famer and the cowboys should be jumping at the chance to lock him up long term.. keep it up dez!!

    • john griffin

      Well said!!

  • Scott.

    Agree Tammy his selfish antics on the sideline when things aren’t going his way rub me the wrong way as well. With saying that you have to find a way to pay him and hope he continues to mature as a teammate. Not saying it has to be done now but they run the risk of him have a monster first half of year and shutting down negotiations and testing free agency. Sure they can franchisee him, sign smith and concentrate on dez in 2015.

  • SmartThinking

    Please explain, if you can, why your posts always seem to appear a week after everyone else on earth has already discussed the subject you’re writing about?

    • Mike Dougherty

      You seem to be Mr. Negative on just about every subject. We are true Cowboys fans and if you aren’t, then maybe you shouldn’t comment at all.

  • David

    I would rather have a guy overly passionate about hating to lose then a guy who just cares about money and not much else. Ill pay the passionate guy his due over the me player who only caring about his money or stats.

  • Gregory Isaac

    You damn right he deserves it and any real Cowboys fan would say the same.

  • Dana

    Right on Mike! Its not Dez pressing the issue. Its the media and there questions about his contract and should he get top dollar. That he deserves hands down. Back injury and all.

  • Scott.

    After reading another article that compares Bryats first four years to Irvin’s first four years, I alter my stance a tad bit: pay him now… Here’s the stats of the two and their first 4 years
    Dez: 293 for 4104 and 40 TD’s
    Irvin: 171 for 2968 and 20 td’s

    I know there are several reasons for the difference in the stats, like they were committed to the run with that line and Smith, but the numbers do not lie and without Dez the offense is not close to the same.

  • Malcolm Currie

    Some more garbage by a hater when audio of that incident clearly shows he wasn’t being negative towards his teammates! This team needs more of that passion if we are ever going to win again!!!

  • Mike Dougherty

    Hard to comment on an article when the writer doesn’t have all the facts. Dez has not thrown hissy fits and put down his teammates on the sidelines. You should try writing with the same passion that Dez has for playing the game of football.