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Report: Cowboys Have Concerns About Giving Dez Bryant A “Big-Money” Contract

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports, citing multiple league sources, reports that Cowboys management has “significant concerns” about signing WR Dez Bryant to a contract that includes a “massive guarantee.

According to Getlin, the Cowboys have made multiple offers Bryant that include “meaningful financial guarantees,” but also provide them with some protection in the event some unforeseen off-field issues arise.

Dallas has reportedly helped Bryant in dealing with some anger management issues by setting up sessions with behavioral specialists and therapists.

Getlin mentions that Bryant has pushed for a deal that would leave him among the game’s top receivers in terms of guarantees.

Earlier in the day, Bryan mentioned that he would be willing to discussing a contract extension with the Cowboys during the season “if it’s right,” via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

On Sunday, news broke that Bryant had fired his agent Eugene Parker and signed on with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, who is expected to negotiate his next contract.

Getlin reported over the weekend that Bryant wanted a deal done with the Cowboys as soon as possible, but Parker felt like the Cowboys were low-balling his client with their offers.

According to Getlin, Parker wasn’t interested in having his name associated with a deal that was below what he felt Bryant’s market value really is.

Of course, the Cowboys could still use their franchise tag on Bryant if a gap remains between the two parties. The tag would run them close to $12.3 million for the 2015 season.

I’m going to tell you the God’s honest truth: I’d be highly disappointed,” Bryant said of the possibility of the Cowboys using the franchise tag on him. “I’d be highly disappointed.”

Bryant, 25, will be 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.

This season, Bryant has caught 50 passes for 635  yards receiving and six touchdowns over the course of nine games. Pro Football Focus has Bryant rated as the No. 19 wide receiver in the league.

We have Bryant listed as the No. 3 player in our recently updated Top 25 – 2015 Free Agents list.