Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is set to become a free agent after the 2014 season.  The Cowboys have said they want and expect Dez to be a Cowboys for life.  Then why delay the inevitable? Cowboys VP Stephen Jones has said signing Bryant could happen before or even during the season.

Here are 5 reasons why Dallas needs to extend Dez immediately:

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1. On Field Production 

Dez Bryant has been a member of the Cowboys since Jerry Jones traded up in the 2010 NFL draft to select Bryant 24th overall.  The last receiver drafted in the first round by the Cowboys was Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.  Let’s compare Bryant’s vs. Irvin’s first four years.

Bryant                                                                                                                                     Irvin

2010- 45 receptions 562 yards 6 touchdowns                                              1988- 32 receptions 654 yards 5 touchdowns

2011- 63 receptions 928 yards 9 touchdowns                                              1989- 26 receptions 378 yards 2 touchdowns

2012- 92 receptions 1382 yards 12 touchdowns                                          1990- 20 receptions 413 yards 5 touchdowns

2013- 93 receptions 1233 yards 13 touchdowns                                           1991- 93 receptions 1523 yards 8 touchdowns

Now it is a little unfair to directly compare Bryant’s and Irvin’s numbers for different reasons, injury (Irvin missed most of the 90 season), the way the game is played today, and the philosophy of the Cowboys from back in the early 90’s where they concentrated on the run game, as opposed to the Cowboys of today which pass the ball more often.  The numbers however, do speak for themselves.  Bryant has been extremely productive and is entering the peak of his career.

2. The Cowboys are in “Win Now” Mode 

It seems like the last five years the Cowboys are “all in” every year to win now.  The Cowboys roster is filled with talent, but always come up short or their expectations at the end of every season.  Their talent is getting older and older year after year.  We saw this offseason Dallas cut some veteran players that were a large part of their talent pool, Demarcus Ware 31, and Jason Hatcher 31, to name a few.  Tony Romo is 34 years old and Jason Witten is 32, the clock is ticking on the Cowboys to win before father time catches up with the entire roster.  If the Cowboys lose Bryant after the season, they do not have a replacement waiting in the wings, Terrance Williams showed promise as a rookie but no one can expect him to replace what Bryant means to the Cowboys.  If the Cowboys want to stay competitive in the NFC East, they need to lock up Bryant long term.

3. Dez is Entering his Prime

Dez will turn 26 during the 2014 season.  For many wide receivers this is when they start to break out and hit the prime of their careers.  I’m not saying Bryant will begin to double his production, but it is not far fetched to say he can improve off of his All-Pro numbers.  Recently, Bryant said at OTA’s that he feels he is Iin the best shape of his life.” Time to extend Bryant so he can be in the best shape playing for the Cowboys, not against them.

4. Jerry Jones Put All his Eggs in Tony Romo’s Basket

Romo wouldn't be too happy to watch his No.1 target leave in free agency
Romo wouldn’t be too happy to watch his No.1 target leave in free agency

When the Cowboys owner/general manager signed Tony Romo to a six year $108 million contract before the start of the 2013 season, Jerry Jones  put all of his faith behind the then 33 year old quarterback.  Jerry had said he knows Romo will lead the franchise to a Super Bowl.  How would it look if Jerry signed Romo to that huge contract, but didn’t get a deal done with Romo’s most explosive target? It wouldn’t make sense to sign a 33 year old quarterback to a six year contract and not a top five NFL receiver, who is only 25.  I’m sure Romo also would not be a fan of that decision either.

5. Dez Bryant’s Effort On and Off the Field

A lot has been made of the off the field issues that have followed Bryant most of his life.  Whether it be his mothers alleged prostitution or Dez wearing his pants too low in a mall.  However, it seems Dez has started to get himself completely focused on football.  Jerry Jones put restrictions on Dez, no alcohol/drugs, having a curfew, and even having a security team follow him 24/7.  This has helped Dez stay out of trouble and become more responsible to the naked eye.  Dez’s effort on he field has never been in question.  Watching him game after game, you don’t see Bryant take plays off, and have a desire to win every week.  Why not reward Bryant for the effort he continues to make on the field and off.

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