Dez Bryant says he wanted to be present for first practice

The facts pointed to a long holdout.  The Cowboys opened camp before any other team, the first-round draft pick had been caught up in several controversial situations, prompting plenty of folks to wonder whether he “gets it,” and the agent had failed in 17 of 18 prior instances to get a first-round client into camp on time.

As recently as Tuesday, ESPN’s John Clayton suggested that the player and the agent would try to get top-ten value in Dez Bryant’s contract, despite being selected 24th overall.

Instead, receiver Dez Bryant ended up being the first first-rounder to agree to terms.

“This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice,” Bryant said in comments distributed by the team.  “I want to help this team.  I want to compete.  I can’t wait to start playing football again.”

The fact that Bryant missed most of the 2009 college football season helped create that sense of urgency.  The fact that agent Eugene Parker’s decision to hold out 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree into the regular season last year in the hopes of leapfrogging the deal given to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, taken three spots ahead of Crabtree, backfired on player and agent likely prompted Parker to ignore the lure of taking a stand in the hopes of hitting a home run.

So it all worked out well for the team, the player, and the agent.  Precisely how well (or otherwise) depends upon the precise details of the deal.

27 responses to “Dez Bryant says he wanted to be present for first practice

  1. Darn it, Florio, Dez Bryant is going to hold out? That must really chap your east coast liberal ass!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  2. 2009
    24.
    Peria Jerry
    DT
    Atlanta
    5 years, $13.25 million ($7.55M guaranteed)
    Parker f’d up

  3. hopefully, this will shut-up all the cowboy/bryant haters. go back to wasting your time discussing favre.

  4. So it all worked out well for the team, the player, and the agent.
    Well, money changed hands, so that’s good. And if Bryant decided to come in on time with an eye to his next contract instead of his first one, that could be good for the Cowboys. His agent will have pocket money he can spend in his search for new customers. Works out for the agent. Bryant gets some fat in his wallet and can go after car dealer endorsements right away. It’s perfect.

  5. Wow. Never would have thought he’d be the first 1st rounder to sign.
    You’re right, dude’s agent must have learned a lesson last year.

  6. 2009
    24.
    Peria Jerry
    DT
    Atlanta
    5 years, $13.25 million ($7.55M guaranteed)
    Parker f’d up
    —————
    Dez Bryant got 11.8 a little more than 1 million less total, but he also got 8.5 guaranteed..which is about a million more in his pocket.

  7. ACTUALLY, Florio, if you had actually researched the true “facts,” they would not have “pointed to a long holdout.”
    Parker and the Cowboys have a very good working relationship since Parker has represented previous Cowboy 1st rounders Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, and Anthony Spencer. Not to mention that Dez Bryant repeatedly stated in mini camp interviews that he did not want a holdout and that his goal was to be present for the first day of training camp. There’s also a video of the Cowboys’ war room on draft day before the Dez selection in which Jerry Jones and Eugene Parker are on the phone and agree to reach a deal based on the 24th slot and to avoid a Crabtree situation of last year.
    You could’ve found all of this with a little bit of research on the topic. Instead you chose to sit back and speculate nonsense to generate controversy surrounding the team you hate. Don’t try to save your butt now with this “well the facts pointed to a long holdout” because they didn’t if you actually did research and KNEW what you were talking about instead of talking out of your behind.

  8. Crabtree was coming in as a starter and he wanted every dollar he could get.
    Bryant knew he wasn’t starting and the Cowboys had the #2 ranked passing offense in the league last year without him. It’s not like they need him to grab 10 TD’s this year to make the playoffs.
    Plus he knows he’s on a team where if he outplays his contract, there’s an owner who will give him a new one.

  9. This is very simple Dez has been broke all his young life. Now his Mother, Father, his entourage are all screaming feed me black boy., and this fine young man will do just that.From this point on Dez can make himself and the Dallas Cowboys proud.
    Go Dez. Go Dallas Cowboys!!

  10. JDMP says:
    July 22, 2010 9:02 PM
    And the Texans will beat the Cowgirls in week 4
    —————
    Cowboys won’t lose to the Texans in week 4 because the Cowboys have a bye that week…but in week 3 the Texans will lose to the Cowboys. No way they can stop the Cowboys offense without a secondary. Cushing will also miss that game.

  11. I’m convinced that it was Crabtree and not Parker who insisted on the holdout. And I think the very fact that Crabtree held out so long mitigated against Parker holding Bryant out. If he got the reputation of NEVER being willing to sign a deal no player is going to sign with him before the draft because teams would then drop them at least a few slots because of the perceived difficulty of signing anyone with Parker. Right now he looks like a brilliant agent. Reputation is everything in that field.

  12. # Hearitfortheboys says: July 23, 2010 12:04 AM
    I’m convinced that it was Crabtree and not Parker who insisted on the holdout. And I think the very fact that Crabtree held out so long mitigated against Parker holding Bryant out. If he got the reputation of NEVER being willing to sign a deal no player is going to sign with him before the draft because teams would then drop them at least a few slots because of the perceived difficulty of signing anyone with Parker. Right now he looks like a brilliant agent. Reputation is everything in that field.
    _____________________________________
    You are kidding right? Parker is notorious for being a pain in the ass to deal with and telling his clients to hold out. This deal got done because jones told parker ahead of time if he was going to pull that shit they simply wouldn’t draft him and his value would drop even more. Crabtree was influenced by everyone else trying to get themselves rich by riding his coat tails. That being said he is still a douchebag until proven otherwise……….. BUT he does have skills and looks to be the real deal

  13. If anything, most signs pointed to no such thing. The media and their speculation…

  14. The possibility of a long holdout was always exaggerated by morons like Florio. Anyone with any real understanding of the situation had no such concerns.
    Yet another reminder that Florio is just another blogger who gets way too much credit for knowing anything about anything.

  15. why do i have this awkward feeling in my gut that dez bryant is going to be really really good. i hate it. i really hate it. now all dez has to do is convince the cowboys to tank so they can draft a real QB. Romo blows.

  16. Florio was last seen in a straightjacket checking into a state mental facility.
    Don’t you worry, Flo’ll figure a way to spin Dez negatively.

  17. Not a C’girls fan here, but I am interested to see how Bryant does.
    Lots of people were putting him down in the offseason. Time to see if they were right or wrong.

  18. “now all dez has to do is convince the cowboys to tank so they can draft a real QB. Romo blows”
    Based on what convoluted, stinks like aged Wisconsin cheddar logic?

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