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How much do you pay Dez Bryant?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Galian Beast, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately for us, you can't just tell Romo to take a pay cut if he doesn't want to. He has the ball in his court in that regard. Unless we simply cut him.


    For me, Dez doesn't command Calvin money because we don't use him like Calvin. The way our offense is constructed you don't pay a guy 100+ million to be a receiver and get 3 or 4 targets some games and some games get 10.

    Personally, I think he should get somewhere in between what Cruz and Desean got and what Calvin and Fitz got. Somewhere in the 60-70 mill range.
  2. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I have a really hard time paying a WR huge dollars.
    But Dez is pretty special. Not 16 mil/year special, but certainly in the top 5-10% for WRs.
  3. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    Dez literally plays offense and defense for us and he's invaluable.. He saves Romo's bacon quite often and makes our over paid stat machine look better..

    Dump/Trade Romo, Millie hamstrings, Spencer, Witten, Hatcher and then build around him...


    -Championship!!!
  4. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    Ideally 6 years 54 Million... just like the Austin contract. Just give him more guaranteed money to help sweeten the deal.


    I like Bryant. But he hasn't really separated himself from guys like Julio Jones, AJ Green, and now apparently Josh Gordon, and I'm not so sure he ever will because of his lack of top end speed-- freakish athleticism and possession receiver skill aside.

    I just don't think you can afford to pay a guy too much more than that, especially considering how talent rich the WR position seems to be nowadays.

    I'd love to keep him though, and would be okay with an 10-11 million dollar a year deal.
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  5. hornitosmonster

    hornitosmonster Well-Known Member

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    Dez is about 1/2 the player that Megatron is... so we should start there.
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  6. 17yearsandcounting

    17yearsandcounting Benched

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    Build around a receiver? That you Jer?
  7. Hardline

    Hardline Benched

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    Its not my money. I don't care what they pay him.
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  8. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    It depends entirely on how he plays next season.
  9. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    It may not be your money, but if you care about the team, you should care about cap space to build a better team.
  10. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian Romo 2 Austin Zone Supporter

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    I wouldn't overpay, but 13-14M a season is probably a given. Not sure if it's feasible, if we could fetch 2 1sts and a viable veteran WR a trade might be the best option.
  11. cowboysooner

    cowboysooner Well-Known Member

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    Calvin and Fitz were product of top 3 picks in the old rookie pay scale. They had Romo type leverage of blowing up the cap for their cash strapped teams if they did not get what they wanted. Dez is only at wr tag levels which is about $10 million. Even if they were to franchise him twice he is looking at $22 over two years or 25 million over 3. Dez has not produced at their level and does not have their leverage.
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  12. theSHOW

    theSHOW Well-Known Member

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    Get rid of Dez.
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  13. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    He's the best player on the team and one of the few that offer hope for the future, pay the man.
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  14. Cowboys606

    Cowboys606 Active Member

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    Dez is to much like Moss, Owens, C.Johnson. Just my thoughts you may not agree. Take his money sign another wide receiver that can produce or focus on the D.
  15. bounce

    bounce Active Member

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    He's too much like three of the best WRs in NFL history....so you want to cut him and free up his money?
  16. sadams

    sadams Well-Known Member

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    Trade him while he has value to help rebuild the roster. Plus he has questionable pass catching ability and route running. I have seen a lot better getting paid a lot less.
  17. dstovall5

    dstovall5 Well-Known Member

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    We already have one 100 million dollar player, so lets go for the combo! Then the year after that we can sign one of our young TE's to a 3rd 100 million dollar contract and call them the "triplets", woohoo!

    Seriously though, I'd offer 8-10 million/year(high guarantee maybe?) for him, and if he declines then I'd franchise him and trade him to the highest bidding offer. Then I'd turn around and use those draft picks to help rebuild an actual defense, and use a 3rd/4th to develop another WR.

    You don't need to break the bank for elite WRs, there's an abundance amount of young talented WRs these days, so finding another serviceable WR won't (shouldn't) be an issue.

    There's only one WR in this league worth over 10 million/year and his name is NOT Dez Bryant.

    Also, here's the salaries of the top 50 WRs "contracts" - http://overthecap.com/top-player-salaries.php?Position=WR
  18. noshame

    noshame Who wouldn't follow me? Zone Supporter

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    If you're going to continue the dink and dunk stuff then it's a waste to pay the kid. However, if you're going to throw the ball down the sidelines to him, and let him show how good he can really be, then you pay him top five money. That said, if there's a way to add a screw-up clause to his contract, you need to do that also.
  19. rbr651

    rbr651 Active Member

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    I'd be surprised if any player currently in the NFL could fetch a trade like that, maybe Calvin, and that's a maybe. A first and a viable veteran WR would make sense considering how we use Dez and still having a couple up and comers on the roster.
  20. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    He's not worth a high 1st - I'd take that trade in a second. You get freed of a huge cap hit over the next few seasons by drafting another 1st round WR like Watkins.

    Dez is one of the best WRs but his health is a question going forward. I'm leery of another big contract, another big dice roll which has continuously turned out bad for the Cowboys. I'd prefer to let next season play out and go from there.

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