Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) and cornerback Darius Slay (30) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In Dez, We Trust

Last week, during the first week of OTA’s, Dez Bryant made it very clear that he is looking for a pay raise.

“Yeah, I deserve it.  I deserve it.  I feel like I do.  I put the work in.  But I let that kind of stuff take care of itself.  It is what it is.  I let my agent talk about it and give me some feedback.”

Yes, Dez you are absolutely right, you do deserve a raise.

I mean if bums like Roy Williams can get a five-year extension worth $45 million and one hit wonders like Miles Austin can pull up to the JJ ATM and snatch up $54 million over six years then what in the world is a 25 year old weapon of mass destruction like Dez Bryant going to cost?

Before you answer that, take a look at his numbers over the last three seasons:

2011: 63 catches, 928 yards, 9 TD’s – only one game missed

2012: 92 catches, 1,382 yards, 12 TD’s – no games missed

2013: 93 catches, 1,233 yards, 13 TD’s – no games missed

In those same three seasons, Miles Austin had 1,765 and 13 TD’s… total.  And Roy Williams??  Please.  Dez is ten touchdowns short of tying his eight season career total… and this is only going to be Bryant’s fifth year.

That sound you’re hearing (BEEP!, BEEP!!, BEEP!!!) is the Brinks truck backing up with Dez’s money.

It’s not just the statistics that prove Dez has earned the payday.  This guys works his butt off, year in and year out, and it shows.  Constant improvements in catches and touchdowns from year to year.  Check.  A more vocal leader in the locker room.  Check.  The kind of guy that Cowboys fans can and should be proud to call theirs.  CHECK!

Yes, Bryant used to have a few things pop up here and there which made us wonder about him, but here’s the thing.  The things that got brought up about Dez were largely either overblown (saggy jeans in the mall) or misunderstandings (a disagreement with his Mom) which he has owned and made amends for.  You don’t hear about Bryant getting caught speeding with weed in his car (cough, Josh Gordon, cough).  You don’t go to whatever favorite sports website you frequent and find out that Dez is, yet again, suspended for the year because of alcohol abuse (see Blackmon, Justin).   Not once have you ever seen the word “guns” and “Dez Bryant” in an article, unless of course, they are talking about his massive arms.

And then, there is this from head coach Jason Garrett:

“We were in a special teams period in the middle of practice. It’s an eight-minute period, and most of the guys are involved in that period, and some of the veteran guys are over with their coaches,” Garrett said. “And I couldn’t help it, but I’m watching the special teams period and I see No. 88 walking over to the JUGS. He’s over there by himself with a couple of managers hammering footballs at him, catching balls. I told our film guy ‘Film that,’ and I showed our team that in the team meeting.”

The guy loves football.  So much so that instead of Instagram photos of Dez posing in front of a brand new Murcielago or at a party with women draped all over him, he’s posting videos of games he’s playing as himself and the Cowboys in Madden NFL 25.

He is the first receiver since Michael Irvin to sport the number 88 and carry on its legacy in the right way.  Yes, Dez needs to be paid.  And before you think that he doesn’t understand how to be a team player and he’s looking out solely for himself when he admits it, there is this from the man himself…

“I’m loyal to the squad,” Bryant said. “I’ve always been. Me and my agent are going to talk about [a hometown discount]. We’ll talk about it. You know, this is big. This is life-changing. Like I said, I’ve done everything asked of me, and we’ll see what happens.”

You cannot punish Dez because the other two guys cashed out and essentially quit.  He isn’t them.  It’s time to give Dez a very high base salary, low signing bonus type deal to keep the cap flexibility theme this team is finally starting to employ going forward.  I say give him a six-year deal, worth $65 million but with only a $5 million signing bonus.  Make each season worth $10 million to Bryant.  He gets paid, handsomely, and you’re not ruining your entire cap on one guy like the Dolphins are with Mike Wallace ($17.2 million this season) or Kansas City is with Dwayne Bowe ($11.75 million in 2014).  Both of those guys, combined, had less touchdowns than Dez did last year.  They also had less catches and less yards.

I trust him… and you should too.

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  • Truf

    Throw em’ up!!!

  • Malcolm Currie


  • Mike Dougherty

    X X X X Most passionate player on the team. He just wants the ball, wants to make the big play, wants to win! Pay the man.

  • [email protected]

    Dez is a monster on the field and I would throw to constantly because there isn’t a team to close him down.

  • SmartThinking

    Trust is a virtue that, at least for most people, must be proven more than once. Bryant is no ordinary player, even for his position. Romo trusts him. So does Garrett. The very few people in this world I’ve trusted just did their thing and never wanted anyone to see them placed in a compromising position, or, have even a shadow of a doubt about their capabilities. I’d feel a whole lot better about Bryant’s efforts if he kept the histrionics to himself and led this team silently, by example … like Witten, or Smith. Those sideline hissy fits make great theatre. But they certainly don’t inspire me to trust Bryant to remain cool-headed and capable when times come for him to be trusted the most.

    • Mike Dougherty

      Those weren’t sideline hissy fits. That was proven when the audio was provided. He was pumping up his teammates and being emotional. The guy is very passionate and can talk the talk all he wants because we all know he can walk the walk.

      • SmartThinking

        Do you know anything? I don’t care what you call it, perception is reality. And the reality of that sideline outburst and all the other antics of Bryant’s is he’s out of control, or, at the very least, difficult to control. That’s what we saw on the television. Not your made up crap of another excuse, be it truthful or not.

        Why on earth do you think Landry controlled his players’ actions? Because he didn’t want the opposition to find a crease to penetrate. Bryant needs to shut up and play to his highest level and leave the sideline antics to other players who aren’t as gifted as he is. The less pressure on this team during this difficult season is going to be more than enough to bring it down without its best players looking like jackasses on the sidelines.

  • Mike Dougherty

    He should receive a contract worth about $12 million a year, but he will probably give them a hometown discount and take 11.

  • Rod Davis

    Smart, have you ever played football or any other competitive sport? The best of the best play with emotion and passion. Do you remember watching Tom Brady blow up all over his teammates or coach’s on the sidelines. Probably not since the media chooses not to make an issue of his “Histrionics”. The bottom line is he hates to lose, he hates losing more than he loves winning, his words not mine. Dez is the same sort of player and quite frankly I would like to see more evidence of passion from other Cowboys players, they should all hate to lose as much as Dez. It would definitely improve the teams record from this constant 8 and 8 thing they have going.

  • IBleedBlue

    So even after you heard the real audio which clearly demonstrated he was not, in fact, throwing a hissy fit but rather trying to fire up his teammates, you still think that “perception is reality”? LOL. You must be one of those armchair dolts that constantly trolls ESPN boards and laps up what all the talking heads are blathering about.

    Get real, SmartThinking. You say Dez should play to his potential. Have you seen any huge holes in his game as of late? Is he MegaTron? No but I’d take him all day over most every other receiver not named Calvin Johnson. Wanna talk about headcases….how about Brandon Marshall. Quit drinking the media kool-aid and just watch Dez mature. Because that is precisely what is happening right before your eyes if you’re actually paying attention. But it sounds like you’re too busy listening to what others have to say than doing what any real fan is and should be doing, which is judging for yourself.

    LOL at bringing Landry into a discussion about modern day athletes, as well. The Architect was the greatest old-school coach of all time (with apologies to Lombardi) but the reason he couldn’t coach today is precisely what Tex meant when he showed him the “Debbie Does Dallas” film. The players of today would look at Tom Landry like he was a piece of art work in a museum. But they wouldn’t play for him. And you’re a clown if you think so.