Dez Bryant blasts Cowboys over possible Micah Parsons smear campaign

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Stop us if you've heard this before in the last five years, but the Dallas Cowboys have backed themselves into a corner with player contracts. Ideally, the Cowboys would have already extended Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb to clear a path to get Micah Parsons locked up this summer.

Since the Cowboys have to "win" every negotiation, they wait until the last-possible minute to get extensions done except if you're name is Ezekiel Elliott. Ironically, they almost always end up losing at the negotiation table because they can't overcome a position's market value.

That's why Parsons' already-towering price tag can only go up. The Cowboys are notorious for trying to diminish players' value through the media. Well, we now have a second example that hints that process with Parsons has already started after 105.3 The Fan reported that the All-Pro's behavior is "wearing thin" inside the organization.

Having gone through the negotiation process with Dallas, former receiver Dez Bryant blasted the Cowboys on social media in defense of Parsons. Bryant revealed to Parsons that the supposed smear campaigns happen whenever a star player is up for a new deal.

Dez Bryant rips Cowboys for seemingly trying to diminish Micah Parsons' contract value

It seems that a similar situation happened during Bryant's negotiations. Bryant ultimately inked a five-year $70 million extension with $45 million guaranteed. The agreement came after Bryant threatened to sit out the season-opener if he didn't sign a new deal. He also skipped a chunk of Dallas' offseason workouts.

Again, the player almost always wins in these situations. Bryant was a fantastic receiver in his prime, but he wasn't close to the player Parsons is.

105.3 The Fan has since come out and claimed the Parsons report wasn't planted by the Cowboys. Fans aren't buying it, though, largely because of Dallas' track record with contract meddling and the timing of the report. It's no coincidence that Parsons' "behavior" is suddenly an issue just with contract negotiations on the horizon.

Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram followed Bryant's lead in dumping cold water on the report. Basically, any intel that comes from 105.3 The Fan should be taken with a grain of salt. Let's just say the station has a history of spewing rumors that should give Cowboys fans pause.

Jerry Jones has a weekly hit on 105.3 The Fan during the season. What other owner in professional sport, let alone the NFL, has that big of a platform on a local radio station? We obviously can't confirm if Jerry and Stephen Jones were behind this anti-Parsons report, but the paper trail of evidence with Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott and other stars makes it easy to connect the dots.

It's pretty clear Bryant is sick of star players getting slighted once the time comes for the Joneses to reward them with a new deal.