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“Nearly Impossible” For Cowboys To Lock Up Dez Bryant Right Now

 

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network mentioned that he would be “very surprised” if the Cowboys signed WR Dez Bryant to an extension before the start of the regular season.

According to Rapoport, it’s “nearly impossible” for the team to do a deal with Bryant now that they have locked up LT Tyron Smith to a monster extension less than an hour ago.

[Tyron Smith deal] probably not good news for Dez Bryant,” Rapoport said this afternoon.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reported last week that the Cowboys have had “several discussions” with Bryant’s agent, but added the two sides “are not close to a deal” at this point in time.

Bryant, 25, is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season and has emerged as one of the best receivers in the game today. He stands to make just $1.78 million for the 2014 season.

It wouldn’t be shocking to see Bryant end up with a contract that pays him $10 million annually, which could be the reason for the Cowboys to wait as they should have more cap space to work with next year. They will also have the franchise tag at their disposal.

In 2013, Bryant hauled in 93 receptions for 1233 yards to go along with a career-high 13 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has Bryant rated as the No. 22 wide receiver in the league.

We have Bryant listed as the No. 4 player in our Top 25 – 2015 Free Agents list.

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