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WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 225Born: 11-4-1988College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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General News (Tue Jan 27): is getting support from Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015. The Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Bryant this offseason. The tag comes with a one-year fully guaranteed salary of around $12.7 million. They would prevent any other team from negotiating with him, and this would allow them a longer time (July 15th deadline) to sign him to a long-term deal.

Week 21: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

17 at WAS 0 0 0 6 4 99 2 0
18 vs DET 0 0 0 3 3 48 0 0
19 at GB 0 0 0 4 3 38 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 18 vs DET (3 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Bryant had a tempered performance against Detroit as the rest of the Dallas pass-catchers had elevated roles. In the first half, Bryant logged just a single reception, a short crossing route, where he was promptly stripped. He was able to recover the ball on the play. In the second half, Bryant contributed only one play of relevance. He took a short crosser route, broke the tackle of an overmatched linebacker in coverage, and scampered 43 yards into the red zone, including multiple missed tackles at the end of the play. Detroit shut down Bryant's opportunities down the field and crossing routes were the lone times Bryant found open space this week.

2014 Week 19 vs GB (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Until late in the game, Bryant was quiet in the playoff tilt against Green Bay. Without a target for the first 25 minutes, Bryant finally caught a smoke screen and burst ahead for 10 yards late in the second quarter. Bryant logged two intermediate receptions in the second half and added a defensive pass interference penalty deep down the field early in the third quarter. Finally, there was the catch, then not-a-catch, heard around the world. On fourth-and-two in Green Bay territory, Dallas put the ball in Tony Romo's hands, not DeMarco Murray, with the game on the line. Romo delivered a well-throw jump ball to Bryant down the sidelines in single coverage. Bryant skied above the defensive back and snared the pass. He surged for the end zone, ultimately coming up short, and lost control of the ball. While ruled a reception on the field, which would have put Dallas first-and-goal, it was reversed when challenged by Green Bay. Harkening back to the infamous Calvin Johnson play from recent memory, Bryant looked to have completely the catch as he attempted to score. With the incompletion ruling, the game was essentially over and Dallas' season had ended.


Latest News

Cowboys | Cowboys intend to tag Dez Bryant (Sat Feb 28, 08:40 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will receive the franchise tag by the deadline Monday, March 2, executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday, Feb. 28. The move will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015.

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Cowboys | Dallas afraid to pay Dez Bryant (Thu Feb 26, 08:53 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is likely to receive the franchise tag because the team is hesitant to sign him long term due to a lack of trust off the field. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport discovered via an open-records request that Bryant was involved in an 'unknown disturbance' in a Walmart parking lot July 11, 2011. Upon further investigation, 'it was determined that there was no offense' and 'all parties were advised they were free to go.' The team has known about this incident for a while. However, Bryant has had the police called to his home six different times since 2011. None of the calls resulted in any arrests.

Our View: We'll have to see how this plays out. They can't let him hit the open market because he won't last half a second, but if there are off-field issues then paying him a big, long-term deal isn't smart either. Staying in Dallas though, we know he will be a top fantasy WR for 2015.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant's career in jeopardy? (Tue Feb 24, 10:30 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's NFL career could be in jeopardy if a video he allegedly appears is as bad as it sounds. A source said the 'incriminating video of Dallas Cowboys superstar receiver Dez Bryant is being released today or tomorrow, and is so bad it's 'five times worse than the Ray Rice video and that his football career is in jeopardy.' The Cowboys have claimed no such video exists.

Our View: This mysterious video will reach the surface eventually if it does exist. Bryant has no arrests during his time in the NFL, but the police have been called to his house six times. The Cowboys are likely to use the franchise tag on Bryant, but a long-term deal might be difficult to agree to if these off-field concerns heat up.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant receives offer from Cowboys (Sat Feb 21, 02:39 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has reportedly received an offer from the team, but the Cowboys have not heard back from Bryant's agent.

Our View: If Bryant does not sign a long-term deal, he could very well be franchise tagged. The tag would guarantee Bryant a one-year salary of $12.8 million. Placing the tag on Bryant would also give the Cowboys until July 15th to sign him to a long-term deal.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant a candidate for tag (Fri Feb 20, 07:25 PM) - Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent WR Dez Bryant remains a candidate for the franchise tag if the team can't work out a long-term extension with him. The Cowboys still have concerns about Bryant's off-the-field issues.

Our View: It won't make him happy, but we're betting it won't shock him either. Bryant is a spectacular wide receiver and will remain one of the best in the NFL regardless of where he plays. All involved seem to want that to be Dallas, but the money is the issue, as always.

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