Dez Turns Down Multi-Year Contract for Prove-it-or-Lose-It Deal
By Brandon Simmons
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is the biggest free agent wide receiver on the market right now, but he’s trying to earn his next roster spot at a peculiar and a hefty price. According to ESPN, Bryant was approached by the Ravens with a multi-year deal to join their receiving corps, but instead, he declined the offer, in hopes of something more fulfilling.
That fulfillment would be going towards filling up his pride. Sources say Bryant is looking to get a 1 year deal from a team first, and then earning a contract with longer terms after he has proved himself worthy. It seems like a peculiar situation to be made for such a high level talent but maybe it is needed.
For 8 seasons, Dez was one of the league’s premiere wide receivers for the Dallas Cowboys. His speed and size allowed him to impose his will on secondaries and pushed him into the endzone quite a few times. From 2012 to 2014 he finished each season with at least 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns, including career highs of 1382 yards in 2014 and 16 TD’s in 2016.
But things began to sour shortly after that. Injuries took a toll on Bryant in addition to teams to beginning to double cover him. Those were key factors in slowing down his production. After 2014, he did not play a full season until 2017 where he finished with 69 catches for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns. After a publicized split, the Cowboys cut Bryant nearly a month after free agency began.
For Bryant to go for a 1 year “prove it or lose it” deal speaks to the competitive nature that he has been praised and criticized for. His release from the Cowboys was not a pretty one and was probably heightened considering the magnitude of the Cowboys’ popularity. The Ravens were one of the first teams to publicly acknowledge interest in Bryant but there will be more. People have tried to link him to the Giants but they have denied those claims. After this weekend’s draft, Dez will for sure be on a lot of teams’ radar with a deal he can throw the “X” on.
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