Dez Bryant deal expected to get done

On the surface, the ingredients have been placed into the pot for a protracted holdout by Cowboys first-round rookie Dez Bryant.

For starters, Bryant is represented by Eugene Parker.  Over the past decade, Parker has represented 18 first-round picks.  Only one of them signed his contract and reported for training camp on time.

Next, the Cowboys open camp before any other team, on July 24, given their involvement in the Hall of Fame game.

Then there’s the fact that the Cowboys have been telling the world, Rex Ryan-on-Darrelle Revis-style, about the wonders of Dez Bryant.  That kind of stuff serves only to make a guy want to be paid accordingly.

Finally, that thing that makes receivers the look-at-me lot they are could make Bryant want to get more money than the receiver taken two spots before him, Broncos receiver Demaryus Thomas.

But there’s a sense in league circles — as Adam Schefter discussed on ESPN’s NFL Live today — that a deal will get done sooner than later.  The thinking is, as Schefter said and as we’ve separately heard, that the Cowboys and the player want to avoid a holdout.  The agent also would benefit from having his name attached to a negotiation that goes a bit more smoothly than the Michael Crabtree clusterfudge from last year, especially since at the end of the day Crabtree gained nothing by sitting.

Schefter said the two sides plan to work late into the night on Friday to make it happen. 

Now, if only the NFL and the union would demonstrate similar urgency.

UPDATE:  In what could be a subtle case of ESPN-on-ESPN crime, John Clayton said during the 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter that Bryant “is probably gonna want top-ten numbers,” despite being the 24th overall pick.  If Bryant wants top-ten numbers from the 24th slot, the deal won’t be getting done in the short term. 

39 responses to “Dez Bryant deal expected to get done

  1. Dez Bryant’s mom and Dad tells son behind closed doors “Son sign a deal so we can stop ho’ing and pimping, just get it done”
    Go Cowboys!!

  2. You know who gets Top-10 money? Yeah, the top 10 picks.
    He’s going to get pick #24 money. Unless the Cowboys suddenly turn into morons.

  3. “In what could be a subtle case of ESPN-on-ESPN crime…”
    You would think a lawyer would know what a crime is, but I guess Florio does not….

  4. What is Deion’s cut in this deal? I could see Deion holding this up for a bigger piece.

  5. your whole “espn on espn crime” thing is pointless–in your next item on this very site, you contradict what someone else on this very site said this morning. Is that a PFT on PFT crime?

  6. this dude is barely worth #24 money…
    he should just thank his lucky stars the POS bottom feeder cowboys picked him at all.. because nobody else was going to.

  7. Wope Said, “I don’t know who’s going to be the bigger bust team next year, Cowboys or Jets?”
    Bust? really, you have a ny reasoning to that cause i noticed that you didn’t put it. Maybe cause their isn’t much at all.
    Jets: Jets have improving young QB and have given him great recieving weapon in Holmes and Edwards. Shonne Greene is an explosive young back. Their defense has only gotten better.
    Cowboys: Tony Romo is a good QB and is getting better, he makes mistakes but improves them. he has a star wide out in Austin and Dez Bryant should bring a punch. If the cowboys can get their running game sorted out they’ll be contenders.
    Ok that’s my reasoning why they won’t be bust WOPE now give me your reasoning why they will.
    please I want to see it, or are you just a bias football fan?

  8. Efangule- Stick to peering out your window blinds at unsuspected victoms cuz you u sir r an idiot!

  9. Efangule- Stick to peering out your window blinds at unsuspected victoms cuz you u sir r an idiot!
    —————-
    He has to look at something…. the Eagles don’t have anything in their trophy case to look at.

  10. Not so fast. When dealing with Cowboy #88 the number of neon suits, crack rocks and streetwalkers can prove to be real sticking points in negotiations. Plus, the team must be satisfied that the player has successfully passed the Irvin-Pearson School of the Illegal Push-off. Hail!

  11. This guy has zero leverage, what’s he going to do holdout. Go back into next years draft being two years removed from competitive football and see where you’re drafted…jackass. The agent works for the player, not the reverse.

  12. @efangule
    “POS bottom feeder cowboys”
    Oh really? Five Super Bowl wins. Made the playoffs 30 out of the 50 years they’ve been in existence. Twenty straight winning seasons. And, oh yeah, the highest winning percentage in the NFL. If the Cowboys are your definition of a POS, the team you root for must be an entire cesspool, Catfish.

  13. Florio turns the ESPN contradictions into a 3 way.
    “He said” posts, “She said” posts, and “Look at that ridiculous couple arguing” posts. Nice work if you can get it.

  14. Big Tex says:
    July 20, 2010 8:58 PM
    @efangule
    “POS bottom feeder cowboys”
    Oh really? Five Super Bowl wins. Made the playoffs 30 out of the 50 years they’ve been in existence. Twenty straight winning seasons. And, oh yeah, the highest winning percentage in the NFL. If the Cowboys are your definition of a POS, the team you root for must be an entire cesspool, Catfish.
    ———
    See look.. having thugs on your team DOES pay off. I never said that they haven’t achieved anything.. I said they were “POS bottom feeders” .. which essentially means that they will bring in the dregs of society if it will help them win a superbowl… though, it hasn’t helped the last 15 years.. has it…

  15. See look.. having thugs on your team DOES pay off. I never said that they haven’t achieved anything.. I said they were “POS bottom feeders” .. which essentially means that they will bring in the dregs of society if it will help them win a superbowl… though, it hasn’t helped the last 15 years.. has it…
    ———-
    Doesn’t your team employee Mike Vick?

  16. “And, oh yeah, the highest winning percentage in the NFL.”=========================
    hahahahahaa the cowboys? The DOLPHINS have the highest winning percentage since the NFL merger and are tied with the Steelers for the most wins. So much for knowledge…
    A good reason for why the JETS will be a bust? will.. the simple fact that they are a 9-7 that won with a running game and defense. They got rid of 62% (SHonn only accounted for 400 etc yards and they got rid of leon and Jones do the math, if im dead on you owe me 50 bucks) of their RUNNING GAME. 62% of what made them win on offense is gone. They replaced it with LT? ok..
    That right there is a perfect enough reason to see a 9-7 team drop down to something worse.

  17. I hear SPRINT (free plug for ya Florio! LOL) is coming out with a new phone.. it’s going to be called the ‘Philadelphia Eagles Phone’.. it will ONLY vibrate, and like Philly, have NO RINGS!!!

  18. Oh I’m sorry I was wrong, they are “one” win behind the Steelers. I forgot about the last game of the season last year /boggle anyway

  19. # ZombieRevolution says: July 20, 2010 7:00 PM
    “In what could be a subtle case of ESPN-on-ESPN crime…”
    You would think a lawyer would know what a crime is, but I guess Florio does not….
    Where Florio sees crime, I see ESPN hacks eating free lunch and flipping coins or playing rock paper scissors to see who will take which side on any given story, so somebody at ESPN will always be correct. As for Florio, it’s possible he has never disclosed what kind of lawyer he is, but after reading and/or abandoning some of his articles, I would guess he likes contract law.

  20. # Big Tex says: July 20, 2010 8:58 PM
    blah blah And, oh yeah, the highest winning percentage in the NFL. If the Cowboys are your definition of a POS, blah blah…
    Careful there, Big Tex. You’re starting to sound like a history teacher. Or a Raider fan.

  21. Man, I remember people saying the Pats were stupid for not taking this guy, and stupid for trading to Dallas so THEY could. Now you have a guy who is been outed as a prima donna, and we all know how well their teams do. He wants top ten money, boo hoo. Be thankful you have a job, and be incredibly grateful that the contract you will sign will set you up for life if you are smart about it.
    Of course he won’t be, and will buy houses, and bling, and cars, and strippers. Keep waiting for that top ten money. Maybe Dallas will be stupid enough to give it to you. News Flash: You were drafted at number 24, so why should you be paid as though you were drafted number 8?
    I like the Pats first pick much better. The only thing he said was he wants to get the deal done so he can start playing.

  22. All of you retards bitching about Dez wanting top ten money need to learn to read better. The article clearly states that John Clayton said he would (and I quote) “probably” want top ten numbers. It doesn’t say dez said he wanted top ten money.

  23. Dez Bryant will get his contract and then have a party to “make it rain” and his mom will be one of the strippers.

  24. @Jon Evans
    Dude, the Dophins have a winning percentage of .579. The Cowboys have a winning percentage of .580.
    @efangule
    I’m guessing that the Eagles signed Vick so that Andy “Father of the Year” Reid could hang with convicted felons all the time as opposed to just on visiting days. Right?

  25. Big Tex says:
    @Jon Evans
    ******************
    Truthfully, he said “since the merger”, which most people use as 1970 for the first year and Miami’s WP is .606 while Dallas’ is .596.

  26. I’m just surprised at how many people Parker gets to represent, being that he has a track record of sucking.
    Deion must be doing a wonderful job of pimping this guy.

  27. texasPHINSfan says: July 21, 2010 5:11 PM
    I’m just surprised at how many people Parker gets to represent, being that he has a track record of sucking.
    *******************
    Maybe because he DOESN’T have a track of sucking.

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