No Holdout: Dez Bryant Deal Complete
The Cowboys are reporting that they have agreed to terms on a contract with rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant becomes the first player in the first-round to finish a deal, despite widespread speculation that he would hold out, perhaps for an extended period of time.
Of course, Dallas Cowboys Times readers weren’t worried. Two weeks ago, we gave you five reasons Bryant wouldn’t hold out. One of the primary reasons provided was that the Cowboys have a great relationship with Bryant’s agent Eugene Parker. Parker has represented Deion Sanders, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice, among others. He was also likely eager to show he can strike a deal quickly after advising Michael Crabtree through a lengthy holdout last season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the deal is worth $11.8 million over five years, including $8.5 million guaranteed. Language of the deal is still being worked out, but the overall worth and guaranteed money is about the same as Percy Harvin’s deal last season. Harvin was the 22nd overall pick, while Bryant went No. 24 overall.
The Cowboys must still sign second-round pick Sean Lee, although that deal figures to be completed by tomorrow.