THE CASE FOR A DEZ REPLACEMENT
The Cowboys return their entire receiving unit from 2016. Spending their first pick on another would be a bold move, but don’t dismiss it off hand.
Dallas is no longer sold Dez Bryant is worth the huge extension given back in 2015. His 5 year/$70 mil contract is tied for second largest among NFL receivers.
Bryant’s actions on and off the field have always been concerning. Though recently his dominance has come in question.
Dez missed 7 of 33 games with injury since 2015. His 1,197 yards and 11 TD’s the last two seasons combined is lacking. Six receivers had more yards just in 2016.
When defenses assign a safety on top of his coverage, he’s often held in check. Bryant’s last two seasons fell far short of deserving a top 2 contract.
If he were released after 2017, Dallas would save $8.5 – $12.5 mil off their 2018 cap depending on the cut designation (pre or post June 1).
If Jones sees a player with potential to fill Dez’s primary role at 28, he may go bold.
In 2017, he’d pair with Dez to form a nasty outside receiver duo. If the rookie proved worthy, he’d then oust Bryant and his massive contract in 2018.
Both Mike Williams (Clemson) and Corey Davis (Western Michigan) are big, talented, high production receivers in this draft.
They’re expected to leave the board in the 10-25 range. Though if one slides to 28, expect fireworks in the Cowboys war room.