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Dez Bryant: No Brainer On Contract Extension right?

Brian Leatherman

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I’m going to start this out by saying I am a huge Dez Bryant fan. There isn't one aspect of his game that I dislike or think he should change and I've felt that way since he arrived in 2010.

However, Dez has been talking about his contract as of late, and he thinks he should be paid as one of the top wide receivers in the game. Look at what he’s done on the field; he's put up some huge numbers and has more receiving touchdowns in the last two seasons than anybody else in the league.

No brainer right? Resign the man. Make him a Cowboy for life.

Well, I’m not so sure about that just yet, and hear me out before some of you stop following me on Twitter (and for those that aren't  ---> @bleatherman2011).

 

Get That Man A New Contract:

The man is a beast; I could stop right there and not give any more reasons why Jerry Jones should redo his contract today and that'd be that. Dez brings something to this offense that many other teams would love to have -the ability to make a defense change their scheme just because of what he can do on the field.

He demands double teams. If a defense doesn't double team Dez Bryant, he’ll make them pay, dearly. We've seen it countless times.

Dez has put up 293 catches with over 90 passes in each of the last two seasons, 40 touchdowns and over 4,100 yards in his four years since coming into the league; and that’s with missing five games during his first two seasons. Oh, let’s not forget that he also had two kickoffs returned for touchdowns and four punt returns for touchdowns as well. Not too shabby.

The man has the heart of a lion. Nobody hates to lose on that team more than Dez Bryant. We've seen him on the sidelines trying to get his team pumped up, even though the good ole Dallas media tried to portray him as another T.O. . Yes, there’re times where he can go overboard; however, that’s who Dez is. If someone tries to take that away from him, you might as well go ahead and cut the man from your team. He wouldn't be able to play if he weren't able to play with that emotion and passion.

He’s what you want as teammate; someone you know will give you his all every single game and you can count on him having your back.

 

What's The Problem:

Dez has had back issues and I think some people are either not wanting to acknowledge it, or they're just pretending it never happened. There’s an issue there folks. It doesn't matter if you want to admit it.

During the season finale in 2012 against the Redskins he had to be removed from the game and collapsed in the locker room. He was later taken to the team bus in a wheelchair. The reason was because his back tightened up so bad that he couldn't walk.

Last season we started hearing rumors of his back giving him trouble again after the Chiefs game - he said he was good to go and continued to play. Then the Saints game; the back trouble rumor started arising again. The last week of the season, heading into the season finale, Dez was said to have tweaked his back during practice. However, he played again and he said there wasn't an issue.

Folks, there’s an issue there! It may not have reared its ugly head just yet, but there’s something there.

I’m not going to mention any off-the-field stuff because frankly, there isn't anything to mention. Dez has done a tremendous job growing as player and, more importantly, as a person.

Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, and really, he has every right to want that in my opinion. He’s put in the work and put up the numbers.

If indeed he is paid like one of the best receivers in the game, that could total out close to $13 million a year, and it figures to go 5 or 6 years to dish out between $65 to $78 million dollars.

Now also try to remember the salary cap problems this team has had over the last few years and how hard they've worked to try to get out of “cap hell.” If signed to that contract, after doing some costly maneuvering this off-season, you’re just taking a step backward.

Something else to consider; there's a plethora of good wide receivers coming into the league every year that can give you 1,000 yards and and a handful of touchdowns, and won’t cost anywhere near what Bryant wants.  That money can be used toward the defensive side of the ball where the team needs the most help.

Tell me this about Bryant's upcoming contract; has your stance on the subject changed? Think about it for a few seconds, leave me a response in the comments section and let the debate begin.



Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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5 Dallas Cowboys Make 2019 Pro Bowl Roster

Jess Haynie

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Byron Jones

The Dallas Cowboys will be well represented in the 2019 Pro Bowl. Last night, five players were named to the NFC roster: RB Ezekiel Elliott, OT Tyron Smith, G Zack Martin, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, and CB Byron Jones.

Dallas tied the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints for the most players to the NFC team. However, the Los Angeles Chargers led all teams with seven players making the AFC squad. The Chiefs and Steelers had six players each.

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Congratulations to #DallasCowboys @Byron31Jump, Tyron Smith, @TankLawrence, @thegob70 and @EzekielElliott who are #ProBowl Bound!

Byron Jones is the only first-time Pro Bowler among the Cowboys. He's been one of the best cornerbacks in football this year, switching back to the position after a few years playing safety.

This will be the second-straight Pro Bowl for DeMarcus Lawrence, who remains among the league's most feared pass rushers. It's also the second trip for Ezekiel Elliott, who went as a rookie but missed last year's game with his suspension issues.

Pro Bowl fixtures Tyron Smith and Zack Martin return for the sixth and fifth-straight years, respectively. For Martin, it preserves his streak of making the team every year since he came into the NFL.

Even with these five players being named, you could argue that Dallas deserved a couple more. Rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch has been one of the top defensive players in the league this year. And WR Amari Cooper, once he got to Dallas, has been as productive as any receiver in football.

That aside, congratulations to Zeke, Tyron, Zack, Tank, and Byron for making this year's team!



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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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