A selfish Dez Bryant or the stingy Dallas Cowboys?

In the last five years with the Dallas Cowboys, Pro-Bowl WR Dez Bryant has accumulated 5,424 receiving yards with 56 receiving touchdowns. Bryant has improved his stats each year and was even ranked as the 25th best player in the NFL in 2014. Bryant’s contribution to the success of the Dallas Cowboys can not be ignored. He has been one of the most consistent players the Cowboys have had. So why not pay him? Why not reward him for his efforts and outstanding play on the field?

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Now when Bryant decides to hold out this offseason seeking a long-term deal with the Cowboys, he is called selfish and not putting the team first, but has he not done that for the past five years? His production every year and his dedication to the Cowboys has been very visible and can no longer be denied. Bryant should not be considered selfish at all. He has done everything the Cowboys have asked him to do, even fixing the offseason issues that worried most teams, causing him to slide in the NFL Draft. Bryant is threatening to sit out games come September if he doesn’t get a long-term deal and the Cowboys should be very concerned. Dez has done his part and now it’s time for the Cowboys to do theirs, but as we all know the Cowboys hate paying those who should be paid.

Let’s take DeMarco Murray for example. Great production, solid running back, with a great attitude and who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. Some say that was a justified move, not signing an aging running back who had 400+ touches last season, only time will tell. Now the Cowboys are having trouble paying another great player, arguable their best, in Bryant which leads me to believe the Cowboys are a bit stingy with their money. Given the contracts of Tyron Smith or Tony Romo would say otherwise, but right now it’s hard for me to believe that the Cowboys are comfortable with paying their stars big money. The main focus of the offseason was said to be improving the defense and Cowboys have added some key pieces to it this offseason but has also had trouble with the contracts of Brandon Carr and even Orlando Scandrick. Something has to give. Great players should be paid great money or they will walk right on to another team just like Murray.

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The main objective for the Cowboys is to get back to where they were last year and further. They will have a lot of trouble doing that without their #1 receiver. Dez Bryant should not miss any games this season (like Emmitt Smith did over his contract in 1993) and he deserves to be paid. Bryant showed up this week at the Cowboys final minicamp practice as an observer. He has proven his loyalty to the team. He is not selfish for his hold out. The Cowboys need to pay him and pay him well.

Ronnie Broadus covers the Dallas Cowboys for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @RealRagnvald 

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