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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: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 13.81
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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) returns to practice Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a hamstring strain Aug. 6.

However, he will be a limited participant, as coach Jason Garrett said Bryant will "get involved in individuals, and see how he does and how he responds to that."

Bryant missed 10 practices and the first two preseason games due to the hamstring injury. Although, Bryant hasn't been completely idle since getting hurt. He worked on the side during practice with resistance training. He also took part in walk-throughs and pre-practice 11-on-11 work.

"Stayed very engaged, really good in meetings, good at the walk-through, engaged with his coaches, engaged with his teammates," Garrett said, per ESPN. "He's a professional."

Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million ($45 million guaranteed) contract in mid-July. He is coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons and totaled a career-best 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant dealing with hamstring issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will not practice with the team Saturday due to a slight hamstring strain, reports ESPN.com.

Bryant suffered the injury during Thursday's practice and the team held him out Saturday for precautionary reasons. He is considered day to day. 

"We always want everyone out here, [but] at the same point, sometimes guys who have played a while, it's not the worst thing for them to have a break," Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. "Now if it's a three-week break, that's a whole different thing. I have no idea. Is it three days? Six days? Three weeks? I haven't talked to them yet about that. Dez seems to think that he's not where he's going to miss all of camp. We'll see. I want him out there. But I think he'll be OK."


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant open to idea of returning punts


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/5/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is already a game-changer in the passing game, but he's made it clear he's open to the idea of taking those abilities to the punt return game, per the Dallas Morning News.

Bryant, who hasn't returned a punt for Dallas since the 2012 season, fielded punts during practice on Tuesday.

“He really likes doing it and he certainly has some game-breaking ability,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “Typically when you have a guy like that you want to keep him on one side of the ball or the other, but he is one of those guys you want to put back there and keep him in your back pocket if you need him.”

Bryant likes the idea: “Oh man, if they put me back there, I’m going to get back there.”


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant says new deal won't change him


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant reported to camp Thursday and said that just because he's inked a big-money contract, he won't change the way he plays, per the Dallas Morning-News. 

Bryant participated in every drill and the afternoon practice, even though the team suggested he might be limited at the start of camp after signing his $70 million deal so late in the offseason. 

"That deal don't make me," Bryant said. "It don't make me. I play this game because I love this game. I don't give a damn about none of that. It's not going to change the way I play. It's not going to change the way I act."


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant could be limited in camp


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Fresh off signing a new deal, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant could be limited during training camp as he gets up to game speed, according to Dallas VP Stephen Jones, per the Dallas Morning-News

Bryant has not participated in any offseason workouts, so Jones noted it might not be for the best to give the receiver full reps right away. 

"We have to get our hands around Dez, he hasn't been in a competitive training offseason and you want to make sure you don't throw him to the wolves," Jones said. "He works hard but there's nothing like working with your teammates in a competitive environment. It's an art to get through the preseason without significant injuries."


Cowboys' Dez Bryant signs five-year deal, reportedly worth $70 million


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) The Cowboys have signed wide receiver Dez Bryant to a five-year, $70 million deal, according to NFL.com and ESPN. Bryant is guaranteed $45 million, per ESPN.

The two sides were able to come to terms before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Wednesday for players under the franchise tag to agree to a long-term deal this year. Bryant had reportedly been threatening to sit out the season opener, if he did not strike a long-term deal before Wednesday's deadline. He was due to make $13 million under the franchise tag in 2015.

The 26-year-old Bryant is coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons. He was also first-team All-Pro in 2014 after leading the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns. 

Bryant has totaled at least 1,000 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in three straight seasons. The 2010 first-round pick has totaled 381 catches for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns in his first five seasons. 


Report: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant says he won't play without deal


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/13/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant personally upped the ante in his contract stalemate with the team, reportedly calling Dallas vice president Stephen Jones to tell him he will not attend training camp or play in regular season games if he doesn't receive a new, long-term contract, per ESPN reporter Ed Werder. 

Bryant and the team must agree to a new deal by 3 p.m. Wednesday or Bryant will play under the franchise tag, per the Dallas Morning-News. Since Bryant hasn't signed the franchise deal, he would not be fined for missing training camp. However, if he skipped games, that would cost him around $750,000 per week. 

That tag, which Bryant has said will make him "highly disappointed," is scheduled to be around $13 million. Reports have suggested that since the Broncos have also not signed their elite receiver, Demaryius Thomas, no market price has been set. 

"I don't think anyone quite knows what that market is and that makes it difficult," Jones said. 


Report: Dez Bryant still not close on agreement with Cowboys


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) With a week to go before the deadline for a multi-year contract expires, the Cowboys are no closer to reaching an agreement with wide receiver Dez Bryant than ever before, a source told NBCSports.com.

"There's literally nothing going on," a source told NBCSports.com.

The two sides recently met to discuss a contract extension for Bryant, but no deal was reached. The Cowboys franchised Bryant, but he has declined to sign the $13 million tender.


Report: Cowboys finally meet with agents for WR Dez Bryant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) The Cowboys have met face-to-face with the agents for superstar wideout Dez Bryant for the first time in nearly four months, ESPN.com has reported.

Bryant was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason and has declined to sign the $13 million tender. He is seeking a long-term deal and has threatened to sit out the regular season opener if no such contract has been completed. If they cannot come to terms, he must play out the year for the $13 million.


Cowboys' Dez Bryant at Thursday's minicamp, but not practicing


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is attending the team's minicamp Thursday, but he is not practicing, reports the NFL Network.

"It's great to have him here," coach Jason Garrett said.

Bryant has not been attending the team's offseason program as he holds out for a contract extension.

Despite not practicing with the team, Garrett was confident Bryant would be ready to play when he reports.

"I know how he's working and hopefully we get the business stuff resolved," Garrett said, per the team's official website.


Cowboys confident Dez Bryant will play in season opener


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Despite reports that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is considering skipping the team's season opener to protest his contract situation, owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday he is confident Bryant would play in Week 1, reports The Dallas Morning News.

"I have no doubt that when we play... he'll be leading the way against the Giants," Jones said.

Bryant has missed the team's entire offseason program as he holds out for a contract extension, but Jones said he was not concerned about Bryant being ready to play when he reports.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant earlier in the offseason.


Coach claims no concern over rift between Dez Bryant, Cowboys


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The only person with great stake in the contract squabble between Cowboys stud wideout Dez Bryant and the team who doesn't seem worried is Jason Garrett.

"It doesn't concern me one bit," he told the Dallas Morning News. "Dez loves football. He has a great passion for the game. He wants to be a great player. He wants our team to be great. He's been working every day to do that and we'll take care of the business as we go."

Bryant could opt to skip regular season games if the contract situation is not ironed out by then.


Agent pessimistic about deal for Cowboys WR Dez Bryant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Father Time is lurking as an enemy to the Cowboys and super wideout Dez Bryant in a contract dispute that is beginning to boil over.

The two sides have just under one month to agree on a long-term deal. If the job is not done, Bryant would play the season under the franchise tag. He also might boycott at least the season opener.

Agent Tom Condon is not optimistic.

"There hasn't been any converations," Condon told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "The only offer that we ever received from the Cowboys was the same offer that they gave to Dez prior to the time that he played the last year of his rookie contract."

Condon went on to say that Bryant could skip multiple games, which would be his prerogative if he winds up playing the season under the tag.


Report: Cowboys' Bryant could skip opener amid contract dispute


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is thinking about not reporting to the team's season opener unless the organization signs him to a long-term deal by July 15, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports.

Bryant has not signed his franchise tag, which would pay him over $12 million for next season. The Cowboys placed Bryant under the franchise tag and can only negotiate a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

"I'm just not going to comment about that," said Bryant's agent Tom Condon, per ESPN. "Our goal is still to get something done on a long-term basis by the deadline."

Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,350 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.


Cowboys hope to make push to sign WR Dez Bryant long-term


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) The Cowboys will make a push to sign wide receiver Dez Bryant to a contract extension before July 15, when Bryant will be forced to play for the franchise tag tender, per ESPN.com.

Though contract talks have stalled recently, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he is confident a deal can be agreed upon before the looming deadline.

“We know he will be a Cowboy this year,” Jones said. “If he ends up playing this year under the tag we will go right back to work again next year. Now would we like to get a long term deal on him? Of course we would. We’ll work hard to do that and I’m sure we’ll make a push at some point and see if we can make it work. If not, hopefully he will understand it’s difficult to make a deal at this point and he’ll come in and get ready to play.”

Bryant has been participating in drills during organized team activities despite the not having a deal signed. He caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.


Report: Bryant participates in drills despite unsigned franchise tender


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant took a huge risk by participating in a limited portion of his team's organized team activities on Thursday, because he has yet to sign his franchise-tag tender, sources told Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

Bryant, who wants a long-term deal, has made a number of appearances at the Cowboys' offseason conditioning program but Thursday was the first day he participated in meaningful on-field work.

Bryant and the Cowboys need to work out a long-term deal before July 15 or he would be forced to play the season under the franchise tag, which would pay him $12.8 million.

In 16 games last year, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.


Report: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant absent from OTA


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) It comes as no surprise that Cowboys All-Pro wideout Dez Bryant was not present Tuesday for their OTA session, as a source told the Dallas News.

The sessions are voluntary, but his absence could be a statement regarding his unhappiness over the lack of a long-term contract.

The two sides appeared to be closing in on a new deal before the start of the 2014 season, but negotiations fell through and the Cowboys then hit Bryant with the franchise tag. He has yet to sign the one-year, $12.82 million tender.

Bryant and the Cowboys have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, but nothing appears imminent.


Cowboys: WR Dez Bryant works with team despite contract issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Cowboys are claiming that All-Pro wideout Dez Bryant is working out with the team despite an apparent contract stalemate.

Bryant, who was given the franchise tag in March, has reportedly been at Valley Ranch many times over the last month to visit with owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett, as well as to participate in the team's strength and conditioning program.

"I wanted to be here for my teammates," Bryant told the team website.


Cowboys star WR Dez Bryant still declining franchise tag tender


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Cowboys stud wide receiver Dez Bryant has yet to taken part in the offseason program or sign his franchise tag tender, which means he is not obligated to participate in any offseason program, including the mid-June minicamp.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, however, is not fretting.

"He'll be ready to rock and roll when it's all said and done, I'm sure of that," he told ESPN.

Bryant is set to make $12.823 million this season under the franchise tag unless he can work out a long-term deal by July 15. He would play the season under the tender if a contract is not completed.

The Cowboys have yet to undergo extensive negotiations with Bryant's new agents after considering themselves close to a deal last season.

Bryant continued to thrive in 2014 with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 touchdowns.


WR Dez Bryant could return punts for Cowboys


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Wide receiver Dez Bryant is one of the NFL's biggest offensive weapons, and if the Cowboys get creative, he could become a huge special teams asset as well, according to the Dallas Morning News

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said in a call with season-ticket holders that Bryant may get a crack at returning punts this year in the absence of returner Dwayne Harris. Bryant hasn't returned a punt since 2012. 

In referencing the punt return situation, Jones said the team is willing to approach it via committee but that, "Then we have a guy in Dez Bryant who had quite a career returning punts at Oklahoma State. When we need a big play, with him maturing as a player, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him in some key situations when we need him back there," he said.


Jerry Jones says big part Dez Bryant's growth is team's 'support system'


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that a major part of Dez Bryant's growth has been due to the "support system" the team has afforded him, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“We got the opportunity to get Dez because of his foibles,” Jones said. “...we got him because we felt good about our support staff. We felt good about our willingness to basically contribute to Dez improving in areas that he had had challenges with in college.

Jones said that has spent more personal time with Bryant than with any other player during his 25 years as team owner and that Bryant is the only player he has co-signed for on personal checks.

“Now, he’ll be the first to tell you that a big part of why he has evolved is because he’s had great support, he’s had great encouragement," Jones said. "I think that he’s benefited. That’s rewarding, by the way”

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant does not show at voluntary workouts


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) As expected, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was not present Monday as the team opened its voluntary conditioning period, as he has not yet signed his franchise tag, per NFL.com.

That franchise tender is worth $12.82 million, but Bryant has the potential goal of securing a new deal by July 15. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would not be concered if Bryant is absent, noting how his Pro Bowl receiver loves to prepare for the game.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant could be no-show at workouts


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) The Cowboys begin their offseason workout program Monday, but the question remains whether wide receiver Dez Bryant will make an appearance as he angles for a new long-term contract from the team, per the Dallas Morning News

Bryant has not signed his franchise tender, worth $12.82 million, with the potential goal of securing a new deal by July 15. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would not be concered if Bryant is absent, noting how his Pro Bowl receiver loves to prepare for the game.

The Cowboys have OTAs beginning in May and a mandatory mini-camp from June 16-18. 


Cowboys not worried about a Dez Bryant holdout


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team's website he's not worried wideout Dez Bryant might hold out if the sides can't agree on a long-term contract. Dallas slapped the franchise tag on Bryant and will pay him $12.7 million this season.

"I'm not worried about that at all, and it's because of how much he loves the game, how much he knows that preparation, practice, all of that improves him," Jones said.

The owner added there's no timetable for getting a multiyear deal done.

"It's not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise," Jones said.  "Let's be real clear: The franchise is there just to do exactly what it's doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player. And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement -- and I can speak to that, we both would -- it's not imperative on any type of timeframe of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done."


Cowboys won't promise not to tag Dez Bryant


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) When the Cowboys signed defensive end Greg Hardy , the team included a clause in Hardy's contract saying he couldn't receive the franchise or transition tag after the season. 

Wide receiver Dez Bryant will not receive the same type of clause, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones said. 

"I don't have that kind of interest in doing that," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "While he may find one thing he likes about Hardy's contract, after that I don't think there's a lot for him to like about it.'' 

Most of Hardy's money is non-guaranteed.