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Counterpoint: Why Cowboys Will Dump Dez Bryant

Mauricio Rodriguez

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With Dez Bryant being one of the most discussed topics among Cowboys fans right now, I decided to write a two-part series regarding his future as a Dallas Cowboy. Last Saturday, I wrote a case in favor of Dez remaining on the team for 2018, but is that the best option for the team?

Since signing a $70M contract after 2014, Bryant hasn't been the guy he was supposed to be.

Over the last three years, it's really, really tough to consider him among the top wide receivers in the NFL. Even though some fans are reluctant to admit it, the truth is Bryant no longer belongs in the same tier as Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr.

He isn't elite.

He's still very talented, sure. He's actually a good football player.

However, with Dez the question becomes: Is he $16.5M good? That's the amount of money he'll get paid if he doesn't take a pay cut before next season.

It's not about him being good enough to be a starter in the NFL, because he is. But a player who gets paid like that must justify the cap space he occupies. Bryant doesn't do that.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

The "He was better when Tony Romo was the quarterback" is indeed, true. That doesn't mean that Dak Prescott is the problem, though. His play style is just different from Romo's. Looking at players like Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins play great with mediocre quarterbacks is more than enough to debunk that argument.

Dak Prescott may get to a point in his career in which he plays more aggressive. Someday, he may be willing to throw contested balls he wouldn't before. For now though, Dez might not be the guy who'll become Dak's best friend.

If Bryant is willing to take a pay cut, it'd be a different story.

Maybe he was asked at a time when emotions were running high, but his response when asked if he would take a pay cut was plain and simple: "Hell no." 

We often complain about the way the front office handles free agency in a quiet way, but that has a lot to do with how much cap space they can work with. Is it time for them to adopt a tougher approach? One in which, if a player simply isn't justifying his salary on the field, he's gone?

The task of retaining DeMarcus Lawrence, Anthony Hitchens and David Irving is not an easy one at all. $18M in cap space won't cut it. The Dallas Cowboys will have to make moves in order to keep guys who contributed a lot to this football team, and who could be the foundation of a very good defense in the coming years.

They can restructure a ton of players, or part ways with some guys, who'll free up around two or three million. Releasing Dez Bryant would save the Cowboys $8.5M in 2018. At a point, Stephen Jones & Co. must look at parting ways with one of the most iconic players in franchise history as a real possibility.

As a young Dallas Cowboys fan, Dez has been one of my favorite players to watch. Ultimately though, it comes down to the fact that he's getting paid more than what he's worth.

Tell me what you think about "Counterpoint: Why Cowboys Will Dump Dez Bryant" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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9 Comments
  • EverybodyTalks

    I wonder if they have the guts to do it? If they do, then they have the money for Lawrence, Irving and Hitchens. That is 3 for 1, maybe 4 if they can also sign Zack Martin long term. Hanna gives us another 3.5 and Mayowa another 3 million. There are also 10 picks in the next draft for Dallas, assuming 4 compensatory picks. WRs could be one of the high picks, with Dez and Butler no longer here. Still, there are questions on that move? Is Noah an alternative for one of those two? Can they find an WR in the draft that can be used effectively THIS year? The percentages aren’t there for that. It will be interesting to watch how this all rolls out..

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      That’s the correct question. Who knows if they will be willing to do it. Stephen Jones has made comments that sound like they’re taking a tougher approach to this situation, but who knows. Thanks for reading!

      • John Williams

        Money isn’t going to be an issue to get done what they want to get done. Whether it’s through restructures, releases, and extensions, they’ll be able to make the math work even at Dez’s hefty number.

  • oneputter

    we can’t release him, we still need him. no way can a rookie wr come in here and take the #1 role. we don’t have any others who can step up into that spot. but i also think dez is not a #1, he needs to be told that he will play out of the slot and design some plays for him to work the middle of the field. short crossing routes, corner routes from the slot, drags, slants, etc……put this dez situation on the coaching staff not dak and dez.

    unless we make a play for jarvis landry?

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      I spent the first half of 2017 bitching that Dez wasn’t given more routes across the middle. He’s a tough, physical receiver, and not a burner, so that should be his sweet spot. Well, they finally started giving middle routes, and Dez became a drop machine (including several tipped INTs). So idk.

      • Mauricio Rodriguez

        I got to agree with Bryson here. It’s an interesting point, to be honest. We can say “No rookie can come in here and take the #1 role” when really, I’m not sure Dez is doing so himself. Thanks for reading

        • John Williams

          I don’t know what was up with Dez. I’m gonna chalk it up to a down year. I think he’s still the guy that can be who he was at the end of 2016. Those drops were not Dez like.

      • oneputter

        i don’t think we can blame all the drops on dez, he did drop passes but if the ball is 2′ behind or above and he tries to make a play, then how is that on him? yes there were some that hit him right in the hands and he dropped them but i think it comes from frustration, losing focus. he does have things to work on. hopefully he realizes that and does so…..i hope he/they can work to restructure his contract.

        • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

          I only call it a drop if it hit the palms of his hands. Too much “just happens” otherwise. But my point was that if he’s in the middle a lot, he’s involved more but has what seems like a lot of key drops, and if he’s outside more, he’s not as involved in the game, but doesn’t have the key drops. And by key, I just mean on plays for first down and a TD. Just speculation from memory though. It’s frustrating.

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Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?

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Could Former Division Rival be Cowboys' OG Solution?

When it comes to prioritizing the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs, offensive guard is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the offensive line with a new starting left guard is the top priority for the Cowboys.

I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their defense. But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.

Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the coaching staff give Chaz Green another try.

No, I didn't think so.

With the start of the 2018 free agency just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential free agents they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into "bargain shoppers".

There are a few intriguing free agent options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the New York Giants, Justin Pugh.

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New York Giants OL Justin Pugh

The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.

Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.

Pugh is also versatile. He has played both right tackle and offensive guard for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back injury. This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.

But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury history.

I personally think this is a longshot to happen because  the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?


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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Sadly, we can't wake up on Sundays to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are not on TV every week for us to watch them play. To make matters worse, we'll have to wait until September to get real football from our favorite team.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about until then! For the die-hard Cowboys fan, the offseason should be quite entertaining. Free agency will begin in March, and it should be an intense one for Dallas.

They need to handle a tight salary cap while trying to add a bit of help for this football team. Recently, Inside The Star Contributor John Williams wrote an in-depth piece about the Cowboys' cap situation and how they can manage to get things done, despite having little cap space right now.

Last season, I wrote a weekly Cowboys Wishlist about things I wanted to see for each game. Now there are no games, but I decided to write a special edition for this upcoming free agency.

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Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence (Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports)

Wish #1: Keep The Rushmen

The front office will have one hell of a challenge trying to retain all of its free agents. The two most important ones may be their two defensive linemen. If they can keep them, DL won't be a top need heading to the Draft.

Lawrence is one of the biggest names in free agency this 2018, but the Cowboys should find a way to keep him from ever being available.

If they're able to franchise tag him, that'd be the way to go since he's only had one elite season in his four-year career and they may not want to sign him to a huge long-term deal and risk not seeing the same guy next season.

David Irving is a more polarizing player, with off-the-field issues. However, he's been a very disruptive guy and he has the chance to be a unique player. His talent is really out of this world. Keeping him and Irving would give this franchise a top defensive line for the first time in many years.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wish #2: Pay Anthony Hitchens

When healthy, Sean Lee is one of the NFL's top linebackers. He is simply an outstanding player who's always around the ball and seems to know where the ball is going before the opposing coach even calls the play.

The problem is, he has a lot of trouble remaining available. Anthony Hitchens is a guy who's found the way to step up every time the General is out, and he's shown a great progression as a player year after year.

Lee will be 32 by the time the season starts, giving Dallas something to think about. Hitchens is a guy capable of starting and competing in the NFL. If the front office finds a way to keep him, they'll be getting closer to being less "Sean Lee-dependent."

Wish #3: Get Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas

When we talk about a potential big name addition to the Dallas Cowboys, we're usually a bit pessimistic. This team isn't one that makes splashes like this, but Earl Thomas to Dallas makes a ton of sense. Former Seahawks' defensive coordinator is now the Cowboys' defensive backs' coach.

With Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis (and maybe Byron Jones moving to CB), this team will have a promising secondary. Add Earl Thomas, and it will go from "promising" to "great" in a heartbeat.

The Cowboys could not only have a top DL, but a top secondary if they're able to get this veteran.

Let's hope the Cowboys listen to Thomas and they go get him.

A Case For Dez Bryant Remaining a Dallas Cowboy in 2018

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Wish #4: Get Dez Bryant to Take a Pay Cut

When I started writing this, I wanted to add a "get this wide receiver in FA"... but I won't. A few weeks ago, I wrote a case in favor and one against Dez Bryant remaining a Cowboy in 2018. Personally, I would be fine with him parting ways with the team.

However, I'm aware of how hard it can be finding a replacement for a guy like #88. The biggest issue with Dez is definitely his cap hit. He hasn't justified the money he's being paid on the field as he should be.

If they can get him to take a pay cut, it may end up being the ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.

It'll be a very interesting offseason, and here at Inside The Star we'll continue to provide you with content about it all.

Tell me what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys’ 2018 Offseason

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys' 2018 Offseason

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cowboys Nation rejoiced. By some, including myself, the product out of North Carolina was considered a steal by America's Team. Taking a guy who could contribute from day one for special teams and for the offense was something to be happy about.

At the time, WR didn't look like much of a need. Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley were staying in Dallas and Terrance Williams had just been re-signed (little did we know he'd fail to score a single touchdown in 2017) pushing the receiver position down the team needs list.

But the front office had landed a very productive slot receiver from North Carolina. On top of that, they found a guy to replace Lucky Whitehead as a return specialist. However, offseason hype took over a large amount of Cowboys' fans, writers and analysts and the expectations for Switzer were very big.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Naturally, he was compared to Cole Beasley since people started talking about him as an NFL prospect. His height, skills and playing style were similar and with the Cowboy veteran coming off from a big year in 2016, people were excited for what Switzer could do as a professional football player.

But it wasn't just about the rookie returning punts and kickoffs, it was about him contributing to an offense that already had a great slot receiver. Cowboys Nation was excited to see Switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time.

That never happened.

Switzer barely saw playing time in 2017 and when he was on the field as a WR, he was limited to running or faking jet sweeps. The coaching staff misused him and we didn't get to see him get a lot of snaps until the final week of the season, when #11 was injured.

And it was that same week when we saw what he was capable of. Switz showed how talented he is and how he can beat NFL defensive backs when he was asked to do so.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY)

With a busy offseason and a tight salary cap, the Dallas Cowboys' front office will be considering a lot of possibilities. One of them will be the future of Cole Beasley. Releasing him would free up more than $3M in cap space.

I know a large amount of Cowboys' fans prefer to see Dez Bryant gone over him, but we can't deny that there's already a clear replacement for Beasley in Switzer.

The Cowboys wanted Switzer to be a returner and a receiver for them, but if they're going to use him just as a gadget player on offense... was the fourth-round pick worth it? If you're not going to use one of them, why have two players who are very similar on your roster?

Cowboys Nation loves Cole Beasley, as they should. I for one wouldn't want to see #11 on another team. Even still, it's only fair to admit that it would make sense for Dallas if they were to say goodbye to one of their most beloved players.

Tell me what you think about "Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys’ 2018 Offseason" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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