The marriage between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys will remain until 2019 and as a Cowboys fan, I couldn't be any happier.
By now you should of heard that the Cowboys drop bands on the 5-year veteran, both parties agreeing to a deal worth $70 million. Many questioned whether or not the Cowboys would offer Dez before the July 15th deadline, the All-Pro receiver threatening to sit out if a long-term deal wasn't done, but we've seen these situations before and they always end with a contract at the deadline.
Jerry Jones met with Bryant's representatives, Roc Nation Sports, in New York – a meeting that would last until 3am – to discuss a deal for Dez. Jerry gave credit to the newly found sports agencies, giving praise to rapper and RNS founder, Jay-Z, for playing a role in the contract negotiations.
“I must emphasize, Roc Nation, Jay-Z, the key people in Roc Nation did a marvelous job of convincing us that managing Dez and managing him with his off the field, with his marketing opportunities, with his finances, that they’re a group that will really make a contribution to Dez,” Jerry Jones said during a Wednesday conference call. “They were very significant in us doing this deal with Dez.” Via Dallas Morning News
I'm not surprised that Mr. Jones was impressed with Jay-Z mainly because both are business men. The best quality about Jay-Z in these player negotiations is he can relate to both player and owners. Without Jay-Z, I'm not sure if this deal would happen.
In the first three seasons of the deal Dez will make $45 million – unless he misses off-season activities which will cost him $500,000 each year. The final two years of the contract will be on a year-to-year proposition, Dez potentially seeing $16.5 million each season.
Even though his contract is less than Calvin Johnson's 7-year $132 million extension, he is making more guaranteed money per year than Calvin. I always said the only difference between Megatron and Dez is Megatron's 6'5 stature. And when it comes to making plays after the catch, there isn't a receiver better than Dez.
Since 2012, Dez has been at the top of the statical ranks for receivers. He is 6th in receptions (273), 5th in Yards (3,935) and 1st in TD (41).
Last season he led the league in touchdowns with 16, was 10th in yards per game, and 5th amongst receivers with 80+ receptions in yards per catch, averaging 15 yards.
When 2019 arrives, Dez will be 31 years of age, which isn't old for top notch receivers. Larry Fitzgerald has yet to show signs of slowing down, now 31, and Reggie caught 64 passes for 779 yards at the age of 36, currently a free agent at the age of 37.
Another contract will guarantee that Dez will be a Cowboy-for-life, but at what cost? 2020 is 5 years away and already drama could be on the horizon.