Dez Bryant’s contract status has been on the minds of CowboyNation. Along with the some of the signing that has been occurring over the last week, people are asking those Big Burning Questions. So here goes:
Isidro Garcia Balboa from Baytown, Texas- Bryant pending “lock up” contract, how big will it be?
DCFH – Dallas Cowboys Fans Houston of Houston, Texas- What kind of contract/dollars will Bryant be locked up with?
This is for both questions since they are both the same, Dez Bryant currently has a a five-year,$11.811 million contract that he inked in 2010. The deal contains $8.63 million guaranteed, including a $1.95 million signing bonus and a $570,000 first-year roster bonus. Another $3.185 million is available through a “likely to be earned” onetime incentive clause. An annual $250,000 workout bonus is available throughout the life of the contract. 2014: $1.78 million, 2015: Free Agent- all of this according to rotoworld.com
Bryant also has a pretty demanding set of protocols to follow so he will stay out of trouble. Rotoworld continued to post, “ He has a midnight curfew, isn’t allowed to drink alcohol, can’t attend strip clubs, must go to counseling twice a week and has a three-man security team 24/7.”
This season Bryant ranks 33rd in salary with a base of $1,780,000. Mike Wallace owns the top spot with an earning of $15,000,000. With that being said, Bryant will want to be the top paid player but his numbers are at the top of the list in the league. He ranked 13th among WR last season with 1.233 yards and 13 touchdowns. Wallace ranked 28th in league play. With that being said, I can guess that Bryant will demand top dollar wanting an extension that will keep in Dallas. Fellow teammate Tony Romo has a contract that will keep him in Dallas until he is 39. Bryant is 25 so I can foresee a 5-year, $65 million dollar contract extension with his salary the next year being the tops in the league. A deal like this will also allow some flexibility to be maneuverable in case it is needed.
Gustavo Hernandez of Bentonville, Arkansas- I understand that the cowboys are strapped for money in free agency, but what other Defensive line moves should/could be made before the draft?
Anthony Zamora of Victoria, Texas- I think we will get Spencer back 1yr prove it deal for like 3.5 mil …. Is Ben Bass ready?
To answer both of these questions, signing Anthony Spencer is the best thing for the team at the moment. He can come down in money and be signed fairly cheap, he is already a part of the system so no big training to do on the system. As far as Ben Bass, he had 1 tackle in two games in 2012. With that in mind, he will be lucky to make the roster at this point. He is going to have to have a breakout training camp and preseason to remain on the roster. If he does continue, he will be a spot player and contribute on special teams. After not seeing any numbers posted from last season due to a shoulder injury. He was also on IR last season with an ankle injury. One more IR trip will more than likely mean being released. Like I said, if he can stay healthy, he will be able to contribute but he is not ready to be a starter.
Miguel Hernandez of Victoria, Texas- Why didn’t we get a get Vince Young or a Tim Tebow instead of Brandon Weeden?
Dallas signed Brandon Weeden because he was going to be a steal on the FA market. The upside for Weeden is that he is still young enough to make a difference despite starting his career at 28 years old. This will be his 3rd NFL season so he is still pretty fresh for NFL standards. Weeden can spend this season learning the system as the 3rd string and then step-in as the full-time backup for Romo next season. It was a smart move by Dallas. Vince Young hasn’t had the NFL career he did in college and being a short term star with the Tennessee Titans early in his career, he will be a veteran of 7 seasons. With having played with 3 different teams since 2011, he wasn’t an attractive player to sign for Dallas. As far as Tebow, I don’t believe Tebow has the scouts attention as a quarterback. It is my personal opinion that he will never take another snap as an NFL quarterback.
Keep those questions coming and until next week…