The two parties had negotiations throughout the season but their efforts were fruitless. As per the rules, Dallas will now pay Dez no less than the average of the top five salaries at the wide receiver position, equating to roughly $13 million in 2015.
The franchise tag opens a new window for negotiating. Dallas and Bryant's agent have until July 15 to work out a contract while keeping the star wide receiver off the free agent market.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 17, 2015
Dez has voiced his displeasure via Twitter, as the tag gives his future no clarity while being guaranteed millions of dollars less. Bryant's desire to be a Cowboy for life indicates that an eventual agreement is inevitable.
In 2012, Calvin Johnson signed a contract worth up to $132 million over 8 years, so expect Dez to command a contract in Megatron's ballpark.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy garners the merit for such a steep price, hauling in 56 touchdowns over the past five seasons, more than any player in the NFL. He has quickly climbed the ranks as one of the league's elite talents.
Dallas has been weary of a long-term commitment due to concerns with Dez's off-field behavior. Coming from a troubled upbringing, he has had legal issues since entering the league but has cleaned up his act in recent years.
As a result of character concerns, Dez slipped in the 2010 draft despite being the most talented wide receiver available. Dallas traded from the 27th slot to snag the Texas native with the 24th overall pick.
The 6'2", 220 pound receiver from Galveston County was issued #88, a uniform previously worn by legendary Cowboys receivers Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson. Dez Bryant is becoming a legend in his own right, catching a Cowboys single-season record 16 touchdown receptions in 2014. Dez also racked up 88 catches and 1,320 yards to land All-Pro honors this past season.
His presence in addition to Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray on a stacked offense, led the Cowboys to a NFC East crown and one playoff victory. The three formed a devastating trio of rare talent. With Murray set to test free agency, his future in Dallas is in doubt. Long-term the Cowboys may have to choose between Murray and Dez. Murray's injury history paired with Dez's freakish talent at a wide receiver position that is much less dispensable than running back, it is comprehensible to lock-up Dez for the long haul.
The skepticism surrounding this possible video of Dez Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot doesn't merit the evidence to worry fans or the front office. Dez's resume calls for a hefty contract that Dallas will have to oblige at some point.
Dez Bryant posses a rare, game-changing talent. His ability to shake double coverage, outrun the defense and catch the unmatchable pass is unlike any other. He's deserving of a huge contract, and it would be wise to hammer out a long-term commitment.
With Dallas set to place the franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowl receiver, the negotiating clock once again starts. Approximately four and a half months is plenty of time for the Cowboys and Bryant's agent at ROC Nation to discuss figures.
Some day Dez Bryant could be honored in AT&T Stadium's Ring of Honor, if he becomes a Cowboy for life.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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