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Dez Bryant says preliminary extension talks have started

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Even before linebacker Sean Lee was lost to a torn ACL, it looked like the Cowboys were going to need to put up some big numbers on offense if they’re going to challenge for a playoff spot this season.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant will be a big part of that effort, just as he has been while catching 185 passes and 25 touchdowns for the Cowboys over the last two seasons. Bryant has made it clear this offseason that he’d like to continue catching passes in Dallas beyond this season, but that will require an extension as his contract is up at the end of the 2014 season.

Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports that Bryant said that his agent has had “preliminary” talks on a new deal with the Cowboys and that the receiver is pushing to get a deal done before the start of the regular season.

“Yeah, I deserve it,” Bryant said. “I deserve it. I feel like I do. I put the work in, but I let that kind of stuff take care of itself. It is what it is. I let my agent talk about it and give me some feedback.”

There isn’t much chance that the Cowboys are going to let Bryant get away, so it will come down to a question of whether they get a deal done before they have to use the franchise tag to guarantee his return in 2015. Bryant didn’t rule out the possibility of a discount for the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft, a mindset that could help the two sides find agreement whenever talks pick up.

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22 Responses to “Dez Bryant says preliminary extension talks have started”
  1. beardinals says: May 28, 2014 11:28 AM

    Does a new deal include the babysitter?

  2. ravenswhat says: May 28, 2014 11:45 AM

    He’s the kind of guy that will take a mental vacation as soon as he gets that big pay day. Guaranteed.

  3. scrotiemcb says: May 28, 2014 11:45 AM

    Wow. Dez Bryant tooting his own horn.

    Who woulda thunk it?

  4. leftyman says: May 28, 2014 11:48 AM

    Time to make it RAIN!!!!

  5. phonesringingdude1 says: May 28, 2014 11:53 AM

    One stipulation in the contract should be:

    1) No boxing matches, especially with mother

  6. eagleswin says: May 28, 2014 11:58 AM

    The cowboys have no money under the cap and more pressing needs. I’m not sure that Dallas can afford to give Dez the contract he feels he deserves either this year or next year.

  7. dirtydrynn27 says: May 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    LOL @,the babysitter comment

  8. picksixx says: May 28, 2014 12:07 PM

    Dez sure has grown on me when you take into consideration that he actually plays the full season. He might not be perfect, but it appears that he at least makes an effort to stay on the field. He also improves every year…

  9. tvjules says: May 28, 2014 12:08 PM

    Can the deal include ‘when losing, no more sulking, crying and leaving the field before the game is over.’

  10. bradyisyourdaddy says: May 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    Dez Bryant…Making Cowboy fans THINK Tony Romo is an acceptable NFL QB since 2010.

  11. sundaysundaysunday says: May 28, 2014 12:15 PM

    Is he going to play on both sides of the ball this year?

  12. denverdude7 says: May 28, 2014 12:22 PM

    Terrell Bryant… Wait…

    I meant Dez Owens. Wait…

    Getting Dez Bryant signed will guarantee the Cowboys yet another 8 – 8 season at best.

    If not? Well, let’s just say all those 8 – 8 seasons will be looking pretty good for a long time to come.

    With Weeden soon to be at the helm Dallas could be the second production facility of the Factory of Sadness.

    The “Factory of Madness” anyone?

  13. Straight Cash Homie says: May 28, 2014 12:38 PM

    Jerry might want to learn from the Aaron Hernandez situation and protect himself from Dez ending up in jail somehow someway himself.

  14. footballtalk1 says: May 28, 2014 12:56 PM

    Jerry Maguire time!

  15. rg3knee says: May 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    I don’t understand the hate for this guy. He is a 24 old superstar with millions of dollars and a crackhead mother. The guy came in the league knowing nothing with not much hope of making it due to his background. Still this guy is in the league and has stayed out of trouble other than the spat with his crackhead mother. I honestly think Jerry Jones has done a great job helping this 24 old kid out. I honestly don’t know whether he would have made it this far without the cowboys support and guidelines he has to follow. He is a top 5 WR and should be paid for what he does on the field. The cowboys cap space is going to be great in the next few years with Hatcher and Ware off the books. Besides Romo there really isn’t anyone signed for a huge amt of money. They are getting younger and more cap space at the same time.

  16. whodey1982 says: May 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    While many NFL stars who sign their first big contract buy their mom a house or a car, DEZ decides to celebrate by punching his…

  17. flaccoishermanmunster says: May 28, 2014 1:13 PM

    “i deserve it, i deserve it”
    So do I, Dez!

  18. liontuss says: May 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    As a Lions fan, Megatron is 1, Bryant is 2 and gaining. Too bad he doesn’t have CJs level head. Go Lions!

  19. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 28, 2014 2:35 PM

    few things in life are certain, but there are a few certainties here:

    jerry & co. won’t let dez get away..

    jerry & co. will overpay for the privilege ..

    jerry & co. will restructure contracts again next yr to get under the cap further postponing the pain…

    jerry & co. will jettison a few good players they overpaid earlier

    and while this isn’t certain, i’m betting at least 4 of these 5 will be gone… linehan, callahan, garrett, marinelli, kiffen,

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 28, 2014 2:39 PM

    With a new offensive play caller, I look for Dez to have a big season.

  21. gixrider says: May 28, 2014 3:17 PM

    If Dez did indeed hint that he wouldn’t be opposed to a “discount” to stay in Dallas that would seem to be only right as the team not only took a risk drafting him in the first place but stood by him during his foolishness.

  22. casurferho says: May 28, 2014 9:42 PM

    I don’t understand the hate on this kid! He is a player, and has handled things well considering! Odd man, we would welcome his talent in Minnesota

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