Coming into the NFL, Dez Bryant’s athletic ability has never been in question. However, off-field issues have plagued him early on in his career.
Initially, Bryant dealt with the getting ejected from an upscale Dallas mall, a jewelry lawsuit and an altercation of domestic violence against his mother.
Since those incidents, Bryant has vowed to be better off the field and focus on becoming one of the most elite receivers in the league.
So far, Dez Bryant has certainly solidified himself as a top flight receiver in the NFL.
In the last few seasons, Bryant has mastered the playbook, allowing him to showcase his versatility by occasionally moving into the slot. He has also developed into a superb route runner, which was very raw coming out of college.
In his 2014 Pro Bowl year, Dez produced his second consecutive 1,000 yard season with career highs in receptions with 93 and 13 touchdowns.
In 59 career games, Bryant has compiled 293 receptions, 4,104 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns. Bryant has really made his mark in the last two seasons topping all receivers with 25 touchdowns.
As it stands, the highest paid receivers in the NFL are Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Percy Harvin, Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe. Clearly making it obvious that Bryant should be paid somewhere in between Johnson and Fitzgerald.
While often unfairly criticized for his emotion on the sideline of games, Dez Bryant has proven that he has matured on and off the field.
According to head coach Jason Garrett, Bryant shares some of the same leadership qualities as Michael Irvin.
“If you get a chance, watch Dez in one-on-ones, watch him in routes on air, watch him warm up. He just does it the right way. He wants to play the game at a very high level. Any contract concerns don’t show up on the practice field. He’s trying to be the best player he can be.”
It is no doubt that a well deserved payday is in the near future for Dez Bryant.
In my eyes, no matter the size of the new contract. It will be well worth the investment for the Dallas Cowboys.