If this tweet from Ian Rapoport is correct, the wait of the offseason is finally over and the Dallas Cowboys have signed Dez Bryant to a long-term deal. The deal is a 5-year deal worth $70 million, $45 million guaranteed with a $20 million signing bonus..
Final Dez Bryant numbers: 5 years, $70M, $45M guaranteed. Simply, wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 15, 2015
Since Stephen Jones has put his stamp on the organization a bit more firmly over the past few years, he has put the Cowboys in a better financial situation with superstar athletes. Dez is a superior talent in every form but the Cowboys also like to protect themselves for the future that will eventually see the end for perennial Pro Bowl talents such as 35-year-old quarterback Tony Romo and 33-year-old Jason Witten. Deadlines create deals as we've been hearing for some time now and nothing is truer for the Cowboys and their star wideout.
All the "unicorn videos", "money problems", and false trepidation is now put to rest and Bryant will join his team back on the gridiron as they prepare for the 2015 season. Though many teams were hesitant to set the market, many teams don’t have Dez Bryant. His passion, leadership and skill for the game are unmatched. Since entering the league in 2010, Bryant has more touchdowns than any other receiver with 56. His 16 grabs last year are a franchise record and now he’s being rewarded. The Cowboys were set to pay Dez his franchise tender of $12.8 million, but by getting him signed to a deal, they can create automatic cap relief.
Jerry Jones was very open about his feelings for Dez Bryant and how he has never seen harm in signing good players early. This was certainly a back and forth for most of the summer, but for the most part everyone from Bryan Broaddus and Brad Sham to even Tony Romo felt like it would work out. It always comes down to guaranteed money, and the Cowboys finally found common ground with their star receiver.
Just a few weeks away from training camp and Dallas have now secured the future of their best player on the team. The team sure hopes to be right back there in the thick of things with the Seahawks and Packers amidst the top of the NFC. Now it’s back to the grind for Bryant, who I’m sure is itching to get back with his teammates. If you need further evidence, just look at the two times he couldn’t stay away from OTA’s and minicamp despite the wishes of Tom Condon, his agent. Dez Bryant is the ultimate team player and leader that can skyrocket this young, talented team in 2015. Now, he’s back where he belongs in the large, open-arms of CowboysNation.