At this moment, no new contract has been finalized for two of the Cowboys best players, left tackle Tyron Smith and receiver Dez Bryant. I know that the extension for Smith will come through and it is well deserved. Smith turned into one of the best tackles in the league and is still at such a young age. He can be trusted with the big-time money. Bryant on the other hand worries me a little if the Cowboys were to offer him a big time contract.
Yes, Bryant is one of the most gifted receivers in the league right now and his athleticism is just glorious. Standing at 6’2 and weighing 222 lbs, the guy is an absolute beast when it is time to play football. He can beat almost any corner in the league one on one, he has great speed and quickness, and he has the strength to outplay any defender. He has huge hands and a great vertical to help him catch any pass that is thrown his way. This is a guy that you want on your football team. Unfortunately, there are other things about Bryant that worry you as a fan.
Up until the 2012 season, Bryant was not performing at all neat the level he is at now. He would routinely take off plays and it was pretty obvious he didn’t understand most of the playbook. We would see dominant performances in the first half of games, followed by a complete disappearance in the second half. In fact, it was not until the second part of the 2012 season that Bryant broke out for a career year. This past season was great overall, but his impact was really felt in the first part of the season.
He is a polarizing player because you see the talent and potential to become one of the all-time great players, but he is wasting it away with his immaturity and laziness. Let Dez prove to the front-office that he can be fully committed to the Cowboys and show them some production this season.
Back in 2006, starting Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo took over the reins of the offense and led the team on a magical playoff run. While at the time Romo-fever was high, the Cowboys waited until he proved himself the next season to award him an extension. It wasn’t until the first few games of the 2007 season that Romo finally inked a deal. This can work for Dez as well.
So let the season play out and see what Dez you will get. Then you will know if number 88 is truly worth the big bucks.
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