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Data Scout Notes: PMaxwell/PBiletnikoff/PWCamp/P1stM-WR/KR, STPOY, 1stWR/1stKR
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Receiver Dez Bryant - Bryant was widely considered a top ten pick and was easily the best receiver in the draft. The Cowboys have regrets about letting Randy Moss go by in 1998 because of off field issues. They weren't going to make the same mistake twice with another game-breaking receiver who will also have an immediate impact on punt and kickoff returns.
A closer look at the Cowboys picks: Round 1/24 - Dez Bryant, WR, 6-2, 225, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys traded up three spots with New England to secure another weapon for quarterback Tony Romo. He will eventually replace Roy Williams in the starting lineup opposite Miles Austin. - by The Sports Xchange
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07/15/15 - WR Dez Bryant signed a five-year deal with the Cowboys, less than an hour before Wednesday's (July 15) deadline.
Reports place the deal as worth $70 million. The contract includes $45 million in total guarantees and $32 million fully guaranteed. The remaining $13 million can become fully guaranteed in March, 2016. The contract includes a $20 million signing bonus.
Under the franchise tender, Bryant was set to make $12.823 million for the 2015 season.
Bryant had threatened to miss training camp and some regular-season games if he did not have a long-term in deal in place by Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate a multi-year contract.
Bryant, Dallas' first-round pick in 2010, has averaged 91 receptions, 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns the past three seasons.
06/12/15 - WR Dez Bryant is threatening to miss the Dallas Cowboys' regular-season opener unless he receives a long-term contract by July 15, according to an ESPN report on Friday.
If the Cowboys fail to sign Bryant to a contract before that date, he would have to play for a franchise tender offer of $12.823 million in 2015. That is the deadline for players with franchise tags to secure a new long-term deal.
According to ESPN, the Cowboys have not made an offer to Bryant since before the 2014 season when he switched agents from Eugene Parker to Tom Condon.
"I'm just not going to comment about that," Condon said. "Our goal is still to get something done on a long-term basis by the deadline."
After the ESPN report circulated, Michael Silver said Bryant told him, "This is no rumor. It's legit."
Bryant has not participated in the Cowboys' OTA workouts but did show up at one OTA practice session and has been a part of individual drills. The five-year veteran does not have to show up next week for the team's mandatory minicamp because he is not officially under contract.
Last season, Bryant had 88 receptions for 1,350 yards and a career-best 16 touchdowns. In five years with the Cowboys, he has 381 catches for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns.
03/04/15 - WR Dez Bryant had the franchise tag placed on him, guaranteeing him $12.8 million in 2015. The Cowboys will still try to work on a long-term deal. But they have assured that Bryant will be on the team one way or another in 2015.
03/02/15 - WR Dez Bryant was officially given the franchise designation by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday (March 2). The marker gives the Cowboys refusal rights in free agency and guarantees Bryant a one-year contract worth $12.823 million if the two sides cannot reach a long-term agreement by July 15. The non-exclusive franchise tag leaves open the possibility a team could lure Bryant out of Dallas, but it would be prohibitive.
Not only would Bryant need to sign a deal the Cowboys couldn't match, the acquiring team must also cough up two first-round picks.
Bryant said via social media he was frustrated the Cowboys didn't "feel the same" about him, but coach Jason Garrett said in Indianapolis that Dallas very much views Bryant as a big part of their future.
"The biggest thing that everyone needs to know is how much we appreciate Dez Bryant and the kind of football player we think he is," Garrett said last month at the scouting combine. "Obviously his impact is huge. He's one of those guys that, 60 to 65 times a game, he breaks the huddle and the defense is looking for No. 88. He's a rare guy that way, and for him to have the production that he's had at this point in his career has been remarkable, because he's been getting that kind of attention -- really, from Day 1. We love Dez, we believe he's the right kind of guy, he loves football, he loves being part of the Cowboys, he makes a huge impact on our football team."
Using the franchise designation to keep Bryant all but assures the Cowboys can't prevent running back DeMarco Murray from entering unrestricted free agency March 10. Teams can begin contacting Murray's representatives this weekend. Murray was reportedly offered a four-year, $16 million contract at the end of the season after he led the NFL in rushing, amassed 511 total touches and won Offensive Player of the Year honors.
12/29/14 - WR Dez Bryant had four catches for 99 yards against the Redskins. He also had two touchdown catches to give him 16 on the season, moving past Terrell Owens to set a new team record.