| Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys
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|Draft: 2010 Round 1 (24)
College: Oklahoma State
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 218 DOB: 1988-11-04 Age: 26
|While Bryant improved upon his production as a rookie in 2010, his 63 receptions, 928 yards, and 9 touchdowns in 2011 still left the Cowboys and his fantasy owners wanting more. Watching the talented 6’2”, 217 pound Bryant when he is on his game makes that feeling completely justifiable. Basically, the sky is the limit for Bryant but the question is whether his work ethic and attitude will ever allow him to reach his potential. He figures to get plenty of opportunity to make that happen in 2012 with no proven third wide receiver on the roster. But that was the expectation last season and he finished the season with just 103 targets, the 4th lowest total amongst the league’s top 20 fantasy wide receivers. Presumably head coach has noticed that Bryant’s explosiveness warrants more touches. In essence, adding Bryant to your fantasy roster means drafting him for his potential rather than his past production and doing that too often can be a risky proposition. As evidenced by his latest off-field incident, which may or may not lead to discipline from the league, Bryant is a high-risk, high reward wideout. Consider him a WR2 with a huge upside in 2012.
|Dez Bryant, Cowboys get the deal done -- Wed Jul 15 3:30 pm --|
$45 million in guaranteed money
|Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal. Bryant's contract includes $45 million in guaranteed money. Bryant had threatened to miss training camp and some regular season games if he did not have a long-term in deal in place by the 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate a multi-year contract.
FF Today's Take: With the deadline to sign franchise players to a long-term agreement closing in, the Cowboys and Bryant got the deal done. All the media posturing over the last few weeks is over and the two sides can now focus on football. Bryant posted a third-consecutive season with at least 88 catches, 1200 yards, and 12 touchdowns last season in route to finishing as the third ranked fantasy wide receiver.
|Dez Bryant turning up the heat on Cowboys -- Mon Jul 13 9:29 am --|
Deadline is Wednesday for long-term deal to be reached
|Sources: Dez Bryant personally called Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones to say he won't attend camp, will miss real games unless signed by Wed. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With the Wednesday deadline looming for Bryant and the Cowboys to reach a long-term deal, Bryant is posturing by saying he'll sit out of training camp and miss regular season games. We'll see. If a long-term deal isn't reached Bryant would make $12.8 million in 2015 and would lose roughly $754,000 for each game he sat out.
|Dez considering sitting out first game -- Fri Jun 12 3:00 pm --|
Has not signed his franchise tag
|Dez Bryant is contemplating not reporting to the Dallas Cowboys for the regular-season opener unless he is signed to a long-term contract by July 15. "This is no rumor; it's legit," Bryant told the NFL Network, confirming what sources familiar with the receiver's negotiation strategy earlier told ESPN. Bryant has not signed his franchise tag, which would guarantee him $12,823,000 for the 2015 season. (Chris Mortensen)|
FF Today's Take: It wouldn't be an off-season without a player holding out of workouts and/or training camp in hope a new deal. It's hard to imagine this situation concluding in Bryant missing any action on the field, but it has happened before... Emmitt Smith (1993) and Vincent Jackson (2010) come to mind. Stay tuned...
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