What will become of Dez Bryant and Answers to Other Dallas Cowboys Questions

This week, I’d like to start what will become a regular feature of my columns – question and answer with you, the readers!  Since this is the first time, I’ll supply the questions, but in the future I hope to make this a more interactive discussion by answering the questions that you submit.

What will become of Dez Bryant?

Let’s look at this from a common sense angle. If a guy has a long history of poor decision making, will that change much/at all with some guidance? It’s possible. Now to be fair you could make the argument that a lot of Dez Bryant’s “incidents” to date have been relatively minor and don’t suggest a future involving incidents suspension worthy. This is debatable but it does nonetheless indicate a future involving incidents that have a chance of being suspension worthy and herein lies the risk for the Cowboys. Dez Bryant’s rookie contract was relatively manageable, but do you want to commit serious guaranteed money to someone who has continued this trend of worrying behaviour with him in to the NFL? I think at this point, the only way Dez Bryant stays with the Cowboys beyond his rookie contract would be if no one offers him a big money deal and the Cowboys retain him on a one or two year ‘prove yourself’-type deal. The other scenario in which I could envision him staying would be if he were to break out and finally play up to his potential far more consistently and JJ gave him a mega deal with conduct clauses, similar to the one Marshawn Lynch received from the Seahawks. So overall there are many options Dez Bryant could take here, but at this point the most likely one would be for him to play out his rookie deal and move on in free agency.


Should the Cowboys add a free agent wide receiver?

The best guys left are Plaxico Burress and Braylon Edwards. Burress had a solid year last year notching 8 touchdowns and showing he can still get it done in the redzone even if he no longer has great speed or agility. Edwards struggled with injuries and was eventually cut from the 49ers, but he is just one year removed from a good year with the Jets. The Cowboys currently have Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and a bunch of guys who’ve either done very little in their careers to date or are late round picks or undrafted rookies. Still, the best move for the Cowboys at this point is to sit still. Better players will likely be available on the waiver wire at the end of training camp cuts, and if they’re not then these guys or guys similar will be.

How much of a concern is the Cowboys “patchy” roster?

Some say the Cowboys lack depth, but I don’t think it is as accurate as saying the Cowboys are just patchy. They have the best backup QB in the league, go three deep at RB and have many capable bodies at DE and NT. Victor Butler is one of the better backup 3-4 OLB’s, they go 4 deep at corner, and have 3 different players with a legitimate shot at starting at one of the safety positions. They also have only two proven WR’s, one proven TE, an offensive line that (debatably) has no proven quality guards or centers and no proven depth at tackle. The Cowboys a perfect roster they are not. In this way they are similar to EVERY other NFL team. But in a league where you live and die by the pass, the Cowboys have enough talent at the right positions (namely QB, OT, WR, pass-rusher, CB, and (IMO) safety) to have a chance.

How should the Cowboys handle Romo’s contract situation?

They should consider giving him an extension now. The only reason I say consider (and not go all in) is because Romo’s salary this year is under a million dollars, meaning his cap hit is low. His salary next year is slightly over 13 million, so if not sometime this season, next off season would be a good time to look in to doing it. Romo should be able to play a good few more years yet, and at the end of the 2013 season he will be only 33. Depending on how Romo and the team fare this year, after this season would be a good time to look in to a contract extension for Tony. Although I would not be opposed to doing it now as with all the improvements to the team during the offseason his value could be far higher after the season.

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  • californy

    I be honest I am not a Dez Bryant Fan but at the same time i Do acknowledge him as a football player with some value. The off field thing Dez gets himself in the press for I could care less about. What matter to me is what the player do on the field. I am more concern about DEz hampstring issue than his relationship with his mom. The relationship thing is between son and mother. Those who think Dez should signed a contract with behavior stipulation here in Dallas are fooling themselves. I believe Dez still has value as FA when that times come. I go on the record of wanting to trade him for the right compensation. I also feel the same with Miles Austin just not during the same year, we need there replacement on board first. Word has it that Dallas is not going to extend his contract. That fine with me, I think Dez need a change of venue any way. I believe he will thrive in places like SF, NO, SD, NE, Detroit, NYJ, Atlanta and Pittsburg. These places outside of Detroit have a good support system in dealing with player like Dez. Dallas is not the ideal place for a player like DEz, the media make way too much issues out of nothing.

  • californy

    The Romo contract situation. If I am Romo i would not signed a extention. The boys have not commiteed to Romo, I see that and I know he see it too. If I am Romo I would demand more be done with the offensive line. The statement this was a Romo Friendly draft is a joke and insult to Romo. A good lineman is a QB best friend. You can hardley say a 55th, 57th and 50+ rated Center is an improvement to this team OL or even Romo Freindly. The boys just cut the 13 and 18th best rank Guard last year and replace them with these player who they consider a upgrade. I believe Romo should use any leverage to see what type of commitment this team has toward him before he signed a extention. I believe Romo can make SF and NYJ into instant Super Bowl contender should he signed with them. Romo has some option and his options should be explore for the best of his family and the Cowboys.

    • Ben Fitzgerald

      These are all valid points but with the risk of injury on top of the franchise tag I think Romo would listen to any offers the Cowboys made.

    • Shady

      Your dreaming again!

  • californy

    The FA market for WR. You forgot to mention the best WR out there. I know you did it deliberatly. TO is the 2rd best WR of all time. I understand his drama related to his personality, but I also understand his production as a player.. TO averages 1028 yards per season, and we could just about get him for a veteran minimum. He is by far the best WR out there. I could care less about the concept of American team or the right kind of player. What matter to me is winning of games. When TO was here we had a winning record. TO will make our WR into a better player. They will see how hard he plays, and I just hope his training will rub off on them especially the stretching because the boys have too much hamstring issues. Yeah I doubt it will happen with Garrett, but as a fan it my job to poit it out how JG is holding back this team from winning Football game with his personnel decisions.

  • californy

    The boys lack depth because they have poor drafts and JJ has too many cap hits. The boys lack in player evaluation and player development. We have no depth at most position. THe OL is a patch job. The cheapest way to address the rebuilding of the boys is through the draft and the boys already blew that this year. I said for this to be a sucessful draft we need 4 starters. I doubt anyone of these player will make the impact we need them too. There was so many talent we left there late in the draft and as FA players. The boys did get some good player I am high on Cole Beasley, Adrien hamilton, Issac madison, Levy Adcock, Harland Gunn and ex player George Bryant TE. I actually more excited about our undrafted player than the draft picks we selected in this year draft.