$70 Million Contract Makes Dez Bryant Smile, Provides Relief For Fans
There is nothing quite like a family coming together after a quarrel that makes everybody walk away feeling like a winner. Never has been, never will be.
Take, for example, the can’t-miss high-profile standoff between Dez Bryant and Dallas Cowboys management. This battle spanning more than four months intermixing willpower, pride, and entitlement all in one package was undoubtedly altering the focus of the upcoming season. Instead of preparing to beat the Giants in Arlington on opening night, talk around Valley Ranch was instead centering upon price tags, finances, and numbers.
As of yesterday afternoon all of that became a thing of the past. All it took was a cool $70 million over five years to make Dez break out a smile and for Jerry to break out a bottle of port.
What’s not to love about this deal? It, without question, captures perfectly the everyone’s-a-winner flavor of a family-friendly agreement.
Dez will now be buying his fancy cars and stud-earrings in the Metroplex for the foreseeable future, not to mention throwing up the X ten or more times every season.
Jerry can now sit back in his leather office chair knowing that he worked out a good deal for his best wide receiver without bending the Cowboys’ salary cap around a flag-pole. Jerry hasn’t always been a wizard in the art of efficient spending, so this was something of a breakthrough moment in his never-ending career. Hopefully, this is the first of many more team-friendly deals for the czar of the Jones clan.
And let’s not forget the quarterback’s stake in all of this. Tony Romo knows much of his efficiency as a quarterback in 2014 can be attributed to Bryant’s All-Pro talents at the wide receiver position. Bryant opens up the field for everyone on the Dallas offense, making Romo’s job that much easier. Running backs will have lanes, and other wide receivers will be open. And in the event of the defense applying only single-coverage on Dez, Romo knows he’s only a heartbeat away from a toss-it-up bring-it-down touchdown.
Yet, the biggest winners emerging from all of this has to be the fans. I know, I know. Cowboy fans love their No. 88, and with good reason.
But this goes deeper than simply being a fan-favorite. So listen up, Dez, and listen good.
You may not realize it, or even care about it at the moment, but the fact remains that you were two hours away from letting a simple contract dispute develop into a social disaster.
Your fans – the cream of the NFL crop, according to a recent poll – were about to be forced to officially take sides on the matter. And for any rational person in the bleachers waving a silver and blue pom-pom, only one side in this prolonged contract negotiation process was in the right. And it wasn’t yours, Dez.
As much as you would have liked to convince the world that your football family was more important than a wad of cash, using social media to voice your intentions of holding out into regular season play spoke loud and clear. Hang it all, man, don’t make Jerry out to be a tight-fisted tyrant when he’s offering you $12 mil.
Trying to spin some wild theory that Jerry was “obligated” to pay you based on past performance came off as weak too, not to mention unfounded. A one-year franchise tender is an option clearly allowed by the collective agreement, something your trusted player representatives in New York bargained for less than four years ago. This is big-boy business, Dez, where rules and legalities are often shaped with cruel edges, as I’m sure you learned in Green Bay this past January.
It wasn’t your insistence that Jerry was the villain that had people on the verge of tearing their hair out, but the fact that your handling of the situation made it impossible for Jerry to be anything but the good guy. Dez, did you catch that? Jerry? The good guy?
Not only does it sound wrong, for many around the Metroplex it is wrong. Despite the rumor that Jerry has attempted to turn over a new leaf during the past two seasons, memories of the Saturday Night Massacre, of Jimmy, Barry, and “500 coaches” remain omnipresent in the hearts of fans today. Spurred by emotion, these memories also remain alive due to the Cowboys’ reluctance to participate in February’s ultimate football fighter round. Yes, it’s been nearly twenty years since “America’s Team” played in a Super Bowl.
Now with Dez officially riding first-class again, football prognosticators won’t feel shocked if the Cowboys bandwagon finally makes it all the way back come February. And then, and only then, will fans be comfortable in admitting that Jerry Jones is a good guy again.