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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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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie

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George Iloka

The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

Jess Haynie

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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