With the Dallas Cowboys spending $110 million to lock up offensive lineman Tyron Smith to a long-term deal, it is now time to start working on a new deal for Dez Bryant. Dallas had to make Smith the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL to keep him and ESPN reported on Wednesday that Dez Bryant wants to be among the top five highest paid receivers in the NFL.
For his part, Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said he is not worried at all about getting Bryant signed to the team. He said that it is just a matter of time and Bryant will get a new contract. The deal will look to have to be around $12 million a year, which will put him up there with what Smith got paid as the second highest deal after Tony Romo.
Since Bryant is now the top receiver on the team, after Miles Austin left, he is a priority. In his four seasons in the NFL, Bryant has 293 receptions for 4,104 yards and 40 touchdowns. With Austin hurt most of the last two seasons, Bryant has come into his own as one of the top receivers in the NFL. He has back-to-back 90-plus reception seasons, with over 1,200 yards each season and 25 total touchdowns in that time. Bryant said that he feels that, if he does his job, things will take care of themselves.
Bryant is working on the final year of his NFL rookie contract, which paid him $11.8 million over five seasons. He is scheduled to make $1.78 million in 2014 in base salary. His signing bonus and workout bonus pits him at $3.14 million for the season. The way the Smith deal worked was that he kept a low salary in 2014 before bumping up to $10 million in 2015. Bryant’s deal could work out in similar fashion.