Dez Bryant: Going through contract process was “extremely hard”

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Part of the reason the Cowboys were able to believe Dez Bryant might not stay away from regular season games was the fact he couldn’t stay away from minicamp.

And even after signing his five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys yesterday, Bryant admitted that the possibility was hard for him to consider.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in this kind of situation, and it was extremely hard,” Bryant told the team’s official website, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s the whole reason why I came out to OTAs. I knew I was going to hear it from my agent, I was like ‘I don’t care.’

Bryant clearly didn’t give away all his leverage — did we mention the $70 million? — but he reiterated he was serious about staying away if need be, as he threatened during the build-up to the deal.

“I’m a very passionate person, and I’m one of those guys that – I am that guy that, I have to stand by my word, because that’s how I want to raise my babies. It was all me. It was honest,” he said. “Now that we’ve got the deal done, I can only imagine what’s fixing to go down this season. We’re Super Bowl ready.”

The Cowboys’ belief they have a fixed window to win a championship with this group made it easier for them to do this deal with Bryant, and that was fine with him, since he clearly didn’t want to go anywhere else.

“I smiled the whole way over here – I couldn’t even say nothing but just smile and laugh, because I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “All I could just think about is that it’s a dream – a dream come true. I think the only thing that’s missing is a Super Bowl.”

If he can deliver one of those, the Cowboys will consider it money well spent.

31 responses to “Dez Bryant: Going through contract process was “extremely hard”

  1. This was nothing but ANOTHER ” Horse n Pony ” show by Jones n Bryant . They knew this would get done. We have seen this show before with G Stienbrenner and his Yankee FA’s. Please Jerrah , get more creative….LOL Like Stienbrenners Yankees, Jones wants to keep his C’Boys on the front pages…But it aint happening with Superbowls,,,LOL

  2. Awwwww……….poor baby.
    Hope he’s OK.
    I know how stressed I would be if I had to sign my name and have somebody give me millions of $’s

  3. I think this guy actually likes playing football. That said, seems all of his “dreams” being answered revolve solely around getting the money. Dude literally tweeted “God is real” after getting millions of dollars.

  4. Yeah knowing you might have to settle for only 12 or 13 mil a year instead of 14 must just be sheer hell. Smh such entitlement. I know that’s the prevailing mindset of his generation but to see a guy who’s that much of a tool pulling down that much cash is particularly galling.

  5. Hey Dez, if money is what you’re after, keep your head on straight and work hard. There’s a lot more money out there. Take advantage of your situation. You have one of the best QBs throwing the ball to you, and a line that can give him time to throw. You just lost a great RB, so there should be more balls coming your way.

  6. “The Cowboys’ belief they have a fixed window to win a championship with this group”…oh, is that right? What “group” is that? Outside of Romo and Witten, which key players are sure to be gone in Dallas before too long due to age/decline?

    Meanwhile, Dallas has:
    -A nearly all-under-25 OL
    -Bryant, Williams, Street, Randle, Escobar among the skill position players who likely have yet to peak
    -Gregory, Lawrence, and Crawford as young DL building blocks, among plenty of other defenders who are young or just entering their primes (only Carr and likely Hardy look to be gone in the short term)

    Dallas has one of the youngest rosters and deepest young cores in the NFL, and an elite OL would certainly help the team transition to a new QB once Romo moves on. Yes, literally every team only has a ONE YEAR WINDOW for winning with “this group” given that teams see a 1/3 roster turnover annually, but Dallas has fewer pieces that project to be gone very soon than most competitive squads, so talk of “windows” with the franchise seems rather misguided.

  7. Wow! Really hard?

    I guess the difference between 12 and 14 million is a hard decision.

    If that is really hard, I wonder how the families struggling to support themselves on minimum wage feel.

    I wonder how the troops who protect our country feel with their lives on the line.

    This is football, man! Perspective.

  8. It’s all up to Dez at this point.

    I hope he has the perspective to respect that.

  9. Now receivers are those who deliver superbowls? So football is the ultimate team sport but one guy is all that really matters. If the Cowboys don’t win one during this contract then Dez wasn’t a good signing. Gotcha.

  10. Dez is a great talent, but with 45 Mil guaranteed, he’ll have even less concentration this season than he did when he could not hold on to the pass that ended last season.

  11. Yeah dez seems like everybody these days wants to raise their babies with a me first attitude, and just look where we’re at

  12. Oh I feel so bad for how hard it was to wait for a 70 million dollar deal for the next 5 years of your life. Such a waste of money, this guy is slightly better than Golden Tate and that’s pushing it.

    Cowboy’s are not going to the Superbowl. Even last year they weren’t ready and now you sign this overrated WR and let DeMarco go to your rival. Jerry Jones is worst GM in the entire history of the NFL.

  13. Yeah, the $15/hr factory workers can totally relate to the stress that Dez must have had. All is well in Jerry Land.

  14. Shut up Dez!

    Waiting around to see if you were going to get paid $70 Million when you already had a gaurunteed $12Million for one year in hand was HARD?????

    You an JohnWall are taking the term spoiled brats to new proportions.

    It’s crap like this when I smile when athletes go bankrupt. At least they come back to earth.

  15. brady2gronktd says:
    Jul 16, 2015 6:21 AM

    Week 4 is gonna be a big reality check for these Cowboys! Its ok Dez, Edelman will let you see his ring.
    —————————————————————–
    Another well informed Patriots fan. Week 4 is the Patriots bye week.
    Of course, with the Patriots disregard for the rules, they may loan Edelman to the Saints for week 4, and then it would be true.

  16. You guys are all jerks. He was saying it was hard to play hard ball knowing he really wanted to be with his team. Dez loves the Cowboys. The crap that comes from you reader’s are just funny at best. None of you have been in a position where you could demand and receive more money from your jobs. None would have the nerve to do so anyway. Knowing your not that important and would be replaced. The game of football is a job. As for those who wait to comment on every article that concerns the Cowboy’s, calling you all haters is some sort of a compliment. I’ll just call you, undercover fans. Come out of the closet!!!!

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