Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones is liking what he’s seeing from Dez Bryant so far this offseason.
When asked if Bryant has done everything he needs to do to earn a new contract with the Cowboys, Jones didn’t want to commit. But he did say Bryant is in better shape than he’s ever been before.
“Well, I don’t want to get into off the field, at all,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But Dez, from the standpoint of his direct team activities, his preparation, his conditioning, he’s in better shape than he’s been. He needed to be in better shape as compared to the last several years. He certainly advanced from the standpoint of his route running, his awareness. All of that is a good thing. He needs to continue to work on his conditioning, so all of that is very good. But I’m not at liberty or wouldn’t talk about anything off the field.”
Specifically regarding Bryant’s contract, Jones said, “I don’t know that we have any issues relative to timing there, at all, with any of our contracts.”
Bryant is a bargain for the Cowboys this year, with a 2014 salary of $1.78 million. He’s scheduled to become a free agent next year. Getting into the best shape of his career now is a good way to ensure that he’ll get big money in 2015.