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Dez Bryant | Wide Receiver

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
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Lancaster, Tex. police say they have no video of the July 2011 incident involving Dez Bryant in a Walmart parking lot.
Police had already said they were summoned but made no arrests. Now we know they don't have the supposed smoking-gun video that's been the subject of innuendo and Twitter hysteria over the past 48 hours. The episode should begin fading from memory. Feb 26 - 9:58 PM

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NFL Media has produced the incident/investigation report regarding a 2011 incident in a Wal-Mart parking lot that involved Dez Bryant.

This is the incident that has been generating headlines and wild rumors over the last 24 hours. The report says an unknown person called police to explain a black female was "being dragged from one vehicle to another vehicle" by a black male. The vehicle the woman was dragged from was a Mercedes registered to Bryant. When police arrived on the scene, the alleged victim was not there. Soon after, she arrived in a Bentley with Bryant and said she had an argument with a man named Alex Person and that she was not assaulted in any way. The police let everyone go, determining there was no offense. It remains unclear if there is any video of the incident, although most Wal-Marts have security cameras. You can read the full incident report at the link below.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 26 - 9:08 AM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys have been reluctant to sign free agent Dez Bryant to a long-term deal because of ongoing concerns about his off-field behavior.

The police have been called to his home in DeSoto, Texas six times since 2011, though Bryant wasn't charged in any of the incidents. Reports of a 2011 incident in a Wal-Mart parking lot have also surfaced. Dallas previously offered Bryant a ten-year, $114 million extension, but that offer only included $20 million in guaranteed money.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 26 - 8:34 AM

Jerry Jones doesn't think Dez Bryant will pout if franchise tagged.

The Cowboys have until March 2 to slap Dez with the franchise tag, something they will do if a long-term deal can't be reached. It's hard to be too upset over a one-year deal worth roughly $13M. And from a fantasy perspective, having Dez in a contract year once again can only be a good thing.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 22 - 8:04 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports free agent Dez Bryant would "probably" skip the Cowboys' offseason program if franchise tagged.

Bryant said during the season that he would be "highly disappointed" to be tagged, but all signs point toward it being his fate. The tag would net Bryant roughly $13 million, and it would be fully guaranteed. If/when Bryant is tagged, the sides will have until mid-July to reach a long-term agreement.
Feb 17 - 4:30 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones admits the team is "leaning" toward using the franchise tag on free agent Dez Bryant.

"But that doesn’t mean it will stay that way," Jones said. "We don’t ever want to give up on a long-term deal." Bryant said during the season that he would be "highly disappointed" to be tagged, but the move makes too much sense from the Cowboys' point of view. Bryant wants to break the bank, and the Cowboys will likely be in better position to hammer out a long-term deal once the free agent dust settles. The sides would have until July to work out an accord were Dez to be franchised.
Feb 17 - 1:37 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes impending free agent Dez Bryant is "destined" for the franchise tag.

Archer is one of the most plugged-in NFL beat reporters and has been anticipating Dez wearing Dallas' 2015 franchise tag since last summer. The price of the wide receiver tag is expected to be around $13 million. The Cowboys want to eventually lock up Bryant long term, but Archer "highly doubts" the sides will strike a deal before free agency opens on March 10.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 30 - 9:30 PM

Dez Bryant secured 3-of-4 targets for 38 yards in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

Rather than shadow Dez with a specific cornerback, the Packers "played sides" on the perimeter. Bryant still wasn't targeted heavily in a dink-and-dunk attack. His first catch came late in the second quarter, gaining eight on a quick screen out of the slot. Because Green Bay used so much zone, Tony Romo predominately worked around the line of scrimmage, moving the chains with Jason Witten and Cole Beasley. Bryant did draw a long PI flag on Tramon Williams in the third quarter, and ripped off a 20-yard chunk play later in that frame. Due to the NFL's ridiculous and essentially inexplicable "Calvin Johnson Rule," Dez was stripped of a physically dominant 31-yard jump-ball catch on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Bryant is scheduled for 2015 free agency, though there's no chance the Cowboys let him get away. He turned 26 two months ago and is arguably the best receiver in the game. Short of a long-term extension, Dez will be franchise tagged.
Jan 11 - 4:38 PM

The Packers are not expected to "overextend their scheme" to stop Dez Bryant.

On Sunday, the Lions used an effective Darius Slay and plenty of double teams to hold Dez to a 3-48-0 line on three targets. Expect a bounce-back performance in the Divisional Round. Unlike the Lions, the Packers will be forced to slide safety Morgan Burnett into the box to try to stop DeMarco Murray. That will leave Tramon Williams (PFF's No. 34 CB) and Sam Shields (No. 71) on Bryant. Green Bay gave up two touchdowns to Calvin Johnson in Week 17 and 11-259-1 to Julio Jones in Week 14. When the Cowboys and Packers matched up in December of 2013, Dez went off for 11-153-1 on 17 targets.
Jan 6 - 8:35 AM

Dez Bryant secured 3-of-3 targets for 48 yards in the Cowboys' Wild Card Round win over the Lions.

After Rashean Mathis left with a first-quarter quad injury, the Lions stuck Darius Slay on Bryant and let him play physical press coverage. Constantly double teamed and largely struggling to get off Slay's jam, Dez was targeted just once until midway through the third quarter. Bryant finally got loose for a big third-quarter play, beating Lions WLB DeAndre Levy on a crosser and breaking off a 43-yard gain, busting several tackles to set up a short DeMarco Murray score. Bryant was bottled up on his third catch, getting rag-dolled by Mathis for a gain of three. Dez's coverage-demanding presence created room for Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten at other areas of the field. Expect a big bounce-back game in the Divisional Round against the Packers.
Jan 4 - 8:01 PM

Dez Bryant caught 4-of-6 targets for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Bryant embarrassed saloon-door CB David Amerson on both his touchdowns. Dez shed an Amerson "tackle" on a 65-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter, and whipped him in the end zone for a 23-yard number four minutes later. Bryant finishes 2014 with 16 scores, a new Cowboys record. That's along with 88 catches for 1,320 yards. Bryant has an unbelievable 41 scores over the past three seasons.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Jerry Jones reiterated that impending free agent Dez Bryant won't be leaving Dallas.

The Cowboys are working on a long-term, break the bank kind of deal for Bryant. Jones has the leverage though, as he can apply the franchise tag and retain Dez on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Bryant has put together an All-Pro kind of contract-season campaign, posting 84-1,221-14 while playing in all 15 games so far.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Dez Bryant caught all five of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Colts.

Bryant skied over Greg Toler for a 19-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and generally dominated the Colts defensive backs anytime the ball went his way. Unfortunately for Bryant's fantasy owners, the Colts put up almost zero resistance, and Tony Romo only had to throw the ball 20 times in the game. Bryant leads the league with 14 touchdown receptions this season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:34:00 PM

Dez Bryant had six catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Bryant scored all three of his touchdowns against Eagles CB Bradley Fletcher. The Cowboys were able to get him more involved after he was held out of the end-zone the last two weeks. He's now up to 79 catches, 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bryant will remain a high-end WR1 for next week's matchup with the Colts.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 12:41:00 AM

Dez Bryant caught 6-of-8 passes for 82 yards in Dallas' Week 14 win over the Bears.

Bryant appeared to be on his way toward a massive night after catching three passes on Dallas' opening drive, but was targeted just five times thereafter as the Cowboys ran it down Chicago's throat. When the Cowboys weren't running, they were throwing to Cole Beasley as the Bears blanketed Bryant. Bryant has now been held out of the end zone in back-to-back games, but will be a strong bet to find pay-dirt in next week's rematch with Cary Williams and the Eagles.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 11:53:00 PM