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88 Dez Bryant WR
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 11/4/1988 | Birthplace: Galveston Co., TX, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 15.63
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Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant will play just fine if he gets the franchise tag


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows star wide receiver Dez Bryant won't be happy about getting the franchise tag if the two sides can't come to an agreement, but he noted Bryant will play just fine if that happens.

"I’ve never seen anybody just pout to the extent that they wouldn’t do it over this kind of money," Jones told ESPN. "That usually is not realistic. It's just too much money."

The two sides are working on a long-term deal, but if the deal doesn't come to fruition, the franchise tag is likely to be worth $13 million next season for Bryant.


Report: Cowboys have offer on the table for Dez Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Cowboys have already made an offer to Dez Bryant, but have not heard back from his agent, according to the Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram. Dallas has made offers to Bryant in the past, and thought they were close to an agreement before the wideout parted ways with Eugene Parker and signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports in November.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones recently told the Dallas Morning News that the Cowboys are leaning on placing the franchise tag on Bryant more than running back DeMarco Murray. The tag for receivers will cost approximately $12.3 million this season.

Last season, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.


Stephen Jones: Cowboys eyeing franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that he plans to meet with running back DeMarco Murray's representative, Bill Johnson, this week. However, he failed to reveal whether or not he would have a sit-down with Tom Condon, one of wideout Dez Bryant's representatives.

Jones also indicated that the Cowboys are more interested in placing the franchise tag on Bryant than Murray.

"Right now all things being equal, it's leaning more Dez with the franchise than it is not," Jones said. "But that doesn't mean it will stay that way.

"We don't ever want to give up on a long-term deal," Jones said. "It's something we worked on all of last year and it kind of cooled off once we got into the season. We'll continue to see what our options are and things happen quickly as you go along. Things can go along with a lot not going on, but all of a sudden it happens."

Bryant has expressed his interest in staying with the team in 2015, and a franchise tag could give both sides enough time to negotiate a long-term contract. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, he is unlikely to participate in offseason activities if he is tagged. Last season, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. The tag for receivers cost $12.3 million this season.


Jerry Jones on Bryant/Murray: 'You can try to have it all'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones described keeping both wideout Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray as "a big challenge," but did not rule it out, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“You can’t have it all," he told NBC5 at an event Friday night. "But on the other hand, you can try to have it all. You have to make sure you’re making the right decisions on who gets the assets, which in this particular case, it’s the room under the salary cap.”

Bryant, who caught 16 touchdown passes, and Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, are both scheduled to hit free agency. The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Bryant.


Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant expects to remain with team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said Saturday he is expecting to be back in Dallas in 2015 and have fans excited for a long time.

"Regardless, I’m a Cowboy," Bryant said to NBC Dallas. "But it is what it is. It’s business. I am a free agent. I’m very confident that something is going to happen, something is going to get done, and have these Cowboys fans excited for a long time."

Bryant is set to become a free agent this offseason if he and the Cowboys cannot agree to a deal or Dallas uses the franchise tag on him.

"I’m a Cowboy at heart. It’s Cowboys forever," Bryant said.


Packers' Sam Shields thinks Dez Bryant caught the ball


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Along with the Cowboys, Packers cornerback Sam Shields said he also believes wide receiver Dez Bryant made the catch during the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional game, reports ESPN.

While Shields initially said 'The refs made a good call on that,' he now admits Bryant secured the ball properly.

"It was a catch," Shields said. "But the new rule and at the last minute what happened, that's what the refs came up with. I never said he didn't catch it. He made a helluva catch I was in great coverage. Like I said, it was good on good and he came up with the catch."


QB Romo doing his part to convince Cowboys to keep Murray, Bryant


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said Friday he is doing everything in his power to convince owner Jerry Jones to lock up running back DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant to long-term contracts, per The Dallas Morning News.

“I’m pretty consistently [talking to Jones], and everyone around the building, about bringing them both back,” Romo said on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. “I think everybody understands how great these guys are and how lucky we are to have them.

“Any time you get talented guys where you can put more than two on one side of the ball, you get three, four, if you’re lucky enough to ever get five, it’s one of those things where if you can put a group like that together you can make a run and be very difficult for teams to deal with for years.

“I think that’s what you’re trying to build ultimately is to have sustained success. We have an opportunity to have that.”


Packers WR Randall Cobb to replace Dez Bryant in Pro Bowl


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Packers wide reciever Randall Cobb will replace Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in the Pro Bowl Sunday as Bryant nurses a lingering groin injury.

Bryant did not miss any time with the injury during the season. He totaled 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a Cowboys single season record 16 touchdowns during the regular season.

Cobb had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season.


Jerry Jones: Tough to sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said even with a salary cap increase, it will be a "challenge" to re-sign both wideout Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray, reports the Dallas Morning News. Both stars are impending free agents.

Dallas could use the franchise tag on Bryant, who caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. The tag for receivers cost $12.3 million this season.

Murray led the NFL with 1,845 rushing yards. He reportedly turned down a four-year, $16 million offer from the team.


Report: Cowboys' Dez Bryant 'not going anywhere'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Current Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is reportedly going to remain in Dallas for at least one more year and is "not going anywhere," according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Recently, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dallas is willing to use the franchise tag to keep the star wide receiver on the roster as Bryant would become an unrestricted free agent this offseason otherwise. Last season, the franchise tag for wide receiver was $12.3 million.

Bryany had 88 catches in 2014 for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns, the most of any season in his career.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has catch taken away late in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had three catches for 38 yards in Dallas' 26-21 loss to the Packers in Sunday's divisional round playoff game.

However, the bigger story was the end of the game when Bryant appeared to make a spectacular catch down the sideline for 31 yards on 4th down.

Quarterback Tony Romo threw a fade down the sidelines, looking for Bryant, who caught the ball and went to the ground, where the ball came up.

Originally ruled on the field as a catch, Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling and the play was overturned. The Cowboys never got another chance on offense.

"All I know is I had possession on the ball coming down," Bryant said after the game. "That’s possession, right?"


Dez Bryant on controversial call: 'The ref wasn't listening to me'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was pretty vocal about his displeasure with a defensive pass interference call at the end of the Detroit-Dallas game Sunday. So much so that he went onto the field to make sure the ref heard what he had to say.

"The ref really wasn't listening to what I was saying," Bryant said following the Cowboys' 24-20 victory, according to ESPNDallas.com. "I gave him my opinion. I thought it was a bad call. He was blocking me out and telling me to get back (to the sidelines) and the coaches, they were grabbing me. Since the play was dead, I thought it was OK."

After the flag was initially thrown, referees gathered and overturned the call. Officials said after the game Bryant should have been flagged for entering the field from the sidelines without having his helmet on.

"It's not an automatic penalty. I think the rule that relates to a player taking off his helmet, that's only a player on the field," Blandino told Gregg Rosenthal in a phone interview. "The helmet doesn't matter. It's the official's discretion whether they felt that he was out on the field confronting them in an unsportsmanlike way. In that situation, the officials had some discretion and they felt that it didn't warrant a penalty. They just moved him back onto the sideline."


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams catches two TDs vs. Lions


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams led the team with 92 yards on three receptions and caught two touchdowns in his team's 24-20 win over the Lions in Sunday's Wild Card game.

Williams turned a medium gain into a 76-yard touchdown late in the second quarter thanks in part to poor tackling and poor angles taken by the defense. His second score was grabbed in the back of the end zone on third-and-goal from the eight-yard line, giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game with less than three minutes remaining in the final quarter.

Williams was targeted six times in a game where the Lions did their best to take away No. 1 receiver Dez Bryant, who managed just three catches on three targets for 48 yards. Both tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Cole Beasley gained 63 receiving yards, with the tight end racking up a team-high five catches on seven targets and the slot receiver catching four passes on a team-high eight targets.

The Cowboys have a date with the Packers set for Sunday in Green Bay.


Cowboys' Bryant set franchise record for TD receptions in season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant broke the Cowboys’ single-season touchdown reception record during the Cowboys’ 44-17 win over the Redskins Sunday.

Bryant scored his 15th and 16th touchdown receptions of the season which broke Terrell Owens’ previous franchise record. Bryant caught a 65-yard touchdown reception from Tony Romo to tie the record and then scored on a 23-yard touchdown reception to break the record. He has now scored a touchdown in three consecutive games.

Bryant finished the game with four receptions on six targets for 99 receiving yards. He finished the year with 88 receptions for 13,220 yards.


Jerry Jones: Cowboys will 'franchise' Dez Bryant if necessary


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) With Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant set to become a free agent at the end of the season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on Tuesday that the Cowboys will use the franchise tag if they cannot reach a contract agreement with Bryant, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Bryant has been in negotiations with the Cowboys on a long-term contract extension, but if a deal cannot be reached, Jones said Bryant will play for the Cowboys in 2015.

Bryant has become one of the top receivers in the NFL. He currently leads the league with 14 touchdown receptions to go along with 84 receptions for 1,221 yards.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant makes NFL-high 14th touchdown catch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant leads the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns after hauling in a 24-yard score Week 16 against the Colts. Bryant caught all five of his targets for 73 yards, and didn't play much in the second half with the game getting out of hand.

Bryant set a career high with his 14th touchdown after he recorded 13 last year and 12 the year before. Bryant visits the Redskins in the regular-season finale.


Tony Romo, Dez Bryant have a good thing going


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) After beginning the season in more of a game-manager role, doing his part to make DeMarco Murray the best rusher in the game, the Cowboys' Tony Romo has gotten back to being an elite Fantasy quarterback in recent weeks. Week 15 at Philadelphia was his fourth game in five with at least three touchdown passes. He's the seventh-best passer in standard CBSSports.com leagues during that stretch -- and that's including his Week 11 bye.

The most interesting part about the turnaround is that he hasn't thrown the ball more during it. In fact, just the opposite: He has averaged 27.8 pass attempts in his last five games compared to 30.3 in his previous eight. The key has been putting the ball in his best playmaker's hands.

Dez Bryant was at his lowest of lows in the two games prior to this five-game stretch. He scored a touchdown in each, but on a combined 45 yards. Romo found him six times for 158 yards and two touchdowns the following week and has gone on to average 102.6 yards with seven touchdowns in his last five games. That's compared to 70.6 with six in his first nine.

Now that the two are in sync, it's led to some magical numbers on both ends, and neither of the Cowboys' matchups to close out the season figures to end it. In Week 16 against Indianapolis, they'll probably have to throw more just to keep pace with the Colts' scoring.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant scores three TDs vs. Eagles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caught six of his seven targets for 114 yards with three touchdowns in his team's 38-27 win over the Eagles in Week 15.

Bryant started his scoring night by outmuscling a defender for a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter before adding a 26-yard score early in the second quarter to put the Cowboys up 21-0. The Eagles stormed back to take the lead in the third quarter before the Cowboys retook the lead at the end of the third, then extended it in the fourth on a 25-yard touchdown by the star receiver.

Bryant hadn't scored in either of his previous two games before his barrage of points Sunday. He has racked up 79 receptions, 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns going into a Week 16 matchup with the Colts.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant manages 82 yards vs. Bears


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caught six of his eight targets for a team-high 82 yards in his team's 41-28 win over the Bears in Week 14.

Bryant watched running back DeMarco Murray pile up 41 touches while the passing game took a backseat, but quarterback Tony Romo threw three touchdowns in the win and none went to his No. 1 receiver. It's the second straight game in which Bryant hasn't reached the end zone after racking up six scores in a four-game span. He'll look to get back on the scoreboard in Week 15 against the Eagles, a team that held him to 73 yards and no touchdowns on four catches in Week 13.


Dez Bryant's scoring binge ends on Thanksgiving


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant, who had caught six touchdown passes in his previous four games, was held in check by the Eagles on Thursday. Bryant caught four of seven targets for 73 scoreless yards.

The first two passes thrown Bryant's way were broken up, then he snagged a 38-yarder down the sideline. However, that would prove to be Bryant's only impact play.

He'll try to revert to form next Thursday in Chicago.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant catches two TDs in Week 12 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caught seven of his nine targets for 86 yards with two touchdowns in his team's 31-28 win over the Giants in Week 12.

Bryant was left wide open on his 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter and was able to outrace the Giants defense to the pylon but took a big hit on the play. He came back to snag the go-ahead score with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. Bryant has now put together back-to-back multiscore performances, and he's up to 63 receptions, 879 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. He's set to square off with the Eagles Thursday.


Franchise tag likely for Cowboys' Bryant, Broncos' Thomas


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) With Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas unable to make progress in landing new contracts, it appears both players are destined for the franchise tag, league sources told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Agreeing on new long-term deals by February appears to be difficult since both teams have several other significant free agents that need to be re-signed. The most likely short-term option is to use the franchise tag on Bryant and Thomas.


Cowboys' Dez Bryant growing frustrated with contract negotiations


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Wide receiver Dez Bryant has expressed his desire to stay with Cowboys beyond this season. However, it appears as though he is getting frustrated with the negotiations regarding a long-term contract, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"I just know what I’m going to accept and I know what I’m not going to accept," Bryant said. "You know, it’s not about the money. It’s not about none of that. I just feel like a little respect should play a factor in that. I love it [here]. I really do. But every day you grow. Let’s see what happens. It’s all about respect. It’s all about respect. I am a very loyal person, but just don’t test my loyalty."

Bryant is in the final year of his rookie deal and has been in talks with the Cowboys about a contract extension for a while. The two-time Pro Bowl receiver wants a deal that pays him as one of the top three receivers in the NFL, which would mean a starting salary around $13 million and $30 million in guaranteed money.

"Just something we can compromise on. I’m not accepting what’s given to me," Bryant said. "We’ll have to see. If it’s right, it’s right, I’ll sign my name on the dotted line. If it’s not, it’s not. At the end of the day, I want to win. But at the same time, I have a family and that’s what is important. I feel like, hey, I put the work in, I got to give myself some kind of credit."


Tony Romo's return pays dividends for Dez Bryant


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant struggled through a pair of subpar games due to Tony Romo's back injury, so he had to have been happy to see Romo back under center in Week 10 against the Jaguars.

Bryant, who salvaged his previous two games with red-zone scores, didn't need to depend on touchdowns for Fantasy value Sunday. He hauled in six passes for 158 yards, his highest total of the season, and also added a pair of long touchdowns for good measure.

Bryant has proven this season that he can thrive under pretty much any circumstances, so it is no surprise he finally broke out again with Romo at full health. There is no reason not to start him every week, once the team comes back from their Week 11 bye.  


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant does it all in second quarter Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Cowboys prolific wide receiver Dez Bryant had one heck of a game Sunday - in the second quarter.

Bryant set a team single-quarter record with 158 yards in that stanza. Two of his six catches were touchdowns, including a 35-yarder in which he broke three tackles and a 68-yarder with 19 seconds remaining in which he broke free from cornerback Dwayne Gratz.

Strangely, however, Bryant was held without a catch in the other three quarters. He will catch nothing but a break until Week 12 as Dallas is now on its bye.