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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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The NFL was unable to find video of an incident involving Dez Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
The alleged incident took place in Lancaster, Texas in 2011, though it wasn't widely reported until a few months ago. A damaging off-field event could diminish Bryant's value as he looks for his next contract. Until a video surfaces, this remains a non-story. Apr 26 - 12:17 PM

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Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team's "No. 1 goal" is to sign franchise player Dez Bryant to a long-term contract.

"You have to be patient," Jones said. By most accounts, the sides have made little progress. 85 days remain to hammer out an agreement.
Apr 21 - 2:13 PM

A dispute between Dez Bryant and his advisor could be holding up contract negotiations.

Bryant reportedly wants to terminate his relationship with longtime advisor David Wells. The Cowboys want Wells to stay involved so Bryant can focus solely on football and not worry about off-field distractions. Wells was sent a cease-and-desist letter from Bryant's attorney back in February.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 16 - 10:53 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes Dez Bryant will play out the season on the franchise tag.

Bryant and the Cowboys have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, but at this point a new deal seems unlikely. "This isn't a deal that will happen in a week or a couple of weeks," Archer said. "The two sides haven't talked." Under the terms of the franchise tag, all of Bryant's $12.8 million salary will count against the salary cap in 2015. The Cowboys would like to sign Bryant to a long-term deal both to lower that number and lock up Dez, but there does not appear to be much momentum in that direction.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 1:55 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones believes it's "realistic" that the team will reach a long-term deal with franchise player Dez Bryant before the July 15 deadline.

However, Jones hinted the Cowboys may wait to see what kind of pacts Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and A.J. Green sign before committing long-term bucks to Bryant. Thomas is a fellow franchise player, while Jones and Green are going into the final years of their rookie contracts. The Falcons have called a Jones deal a priority, though the Bengals have hinted they'll franchise Green in 2016.
Mar 24 - 5:16 PM

Cowboys assigned the franchise tag to WR Dez Bryant.

It's a one-year, $12.823 million tender. The sides now have until July 15 to work toward a long-term agreement. Bryant has expressed displeasure at the prospect of being tagged, and won't be in a hurry to sign. The Cowboys appear to have genuine interest in getting Bryant locked up, while owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been loath to let his stars walk. There's a legitimate chance the sides come to an accord sometime over the next four months.
Mar 2 - 1:38 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed the team will use the franchise tag on free agent Dez Bryant.

"I think it would be a stretch to think we would have something done by Monday," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but that certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal." This has been the expectation all along. Dallas is in talks with Bryant, but the sides aren't expected to reach an agreement before the franchise-tag deadline. Bryant will make around $13 million if the Cowboys don't extend him by July 15.
Feb 28 - 6:10 PM

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

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