Cowboys' Bryant changes agents, approach to the game

Posted Friday, Aug. 03, 2012  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

OXNARD, Calif. -- The ongoing Dallas Cowboys soap opera that is receiver Dez Bryant took another turn on Friday when he terminated his relationship with agent Drew Rosenhaus with plans of returning to Eugene Parker, according to multiple sources.

The move can't officially be made until a five-day waiting period has passed.

Bryant got the ball rolling Friday, sending an official letter of termination to Rosenhaus.

Parker was Bryant's original agent and did his rookie deal with the Cowboys before Bryant made the switch to Rosenhaus last year.

Both Parker and Rosenhaus declined comment.

"I know the quality person Eugene Parker is," owner Jerry Jones said. "I think Dez benefits from that."

Certainly, Rosenhaus is not to blame for incidents involving Bryant, who has had issues throughout his brief NFL career.

But things have escalated over the past year.

He was detained by Miami police in January after getting in an altercation with the entourage of rapper Lil Wayne. Two weeks ago, Bryant was charged with misdemeanor family violence for allegedly attacking his mother.

Bryant, who has not talked to the media because of the criminal complaint, has been forced to re-examine his life and how he handles his business.

Jones has told Bryant in no uncertain terms that he must mature and be a good citizen on and off the field if he hopes to remain a member of the Cowboys.

While the family violence charge remains unresolved, the Cowboys are pleased with the way Bryant has approached his job in training camp so far. He has not let the issue be a distraction and has been one of the most impressive, if not the most impressive player, during the first week of camp.

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys have talked to Bryant about focusing on football in practice.

"He's looked outstanding," Garrett said.

One of the reasons the Cowboys were excited about the possibility of Bryant breaking out in 2012 was that he had a full off-season for the first time in his career, and he was finally going to be in football shape coming to camp.

Bryant caught 63 passes for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last year, but there were four games in which he caught no passes in the second half and five in which he caught just one.

"He's one of those guys who has about 4 percent body fat," Garrett said. "He takes his shirt off and he's carved out of a mountain.

"He did a great job at different times last year of fighting through different injuries he had. He had a thigh deal going, he had some other things he fought through, so he has mental toughness to do it. He just has to continue to understand the importance of it."

According to Garrett, it's not just being in shape. It's understanding how to be a mature football player.

"I think the other factor with Dez that I think is important is understanding how to use your energy," Garrett said. "[He] has to be able to channel that energy and be mature enough to know when you need to be your best. I think he's understanding that better."

Clarence E. Hill Jr.

817-390-7760

Twitter: clarencehilljr

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Kansas City 10/24 8:07 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
110th World Series, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas 10/24 7:00 PM ET
Orlando 
New York 10/24 7:30 PM ET
Toronto TV: MSG, TSN2
Minnesota 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: CSN-CHI
San Antonio 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CSN-HOU, NBA TV
Miami 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Memphis TV: Sun Sports
Phoenix 10/24 9:00 PM ET
Utah 
Sacramento 10/24 10:00 PM ET
LA Lakers TV: TWC SN, D
Denver 10/24 10:30 PM ET
Golden State TV: CSN-Bay
Portland 10/24 10:30 PM ET
LA Clippers TV: FSN-PT, NBA TV
Full Scoreboard
Week 8Full Scoreboard
Thursday
San Diego21Final | Box
Denver «35Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Detroit 9:30 AM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Seattle 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Miami 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: FOX
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Indianapolis 4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: NBC
Monday
Washington 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas 10/24 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey TV: FSN-SW, MSG+
Tampa Bay 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Winnipeg TV: SUN, TSN3
Vancouver 10/24 9:00 PM ET
Colorado TV: TVA 2, SNE, SNO, SNP, Alt
Carolina 10/24 9:30 PM ET
Edmonton TV: SPSO, SN-W
Columbus 10/24 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim TV: FSN-OH, FSN-PT
Full Scoreboard