Dez Bryant got what he wanted – a long-term deal that ensures his financial security. The Cowboys’ star receiver signed a five-year, $70 million contract with $45 million guaranteed, including $20 million to sign.
“I smiled the whole way over here,” Bryant told dallascowboys.com after arriving at Valley Ranch. “I couldn’t even say nothing but just smile and laugh, because I couldn’t believe it. All I could just think about is that it’s a dream – a dream come true. I think the only thing that’s missing is a Super Bowl.”
Bryant skipped most of the off-season after the Cowboys slapped the franchise tag on him. He made only a couple of cursory appearances at Valley Ranch and threatened to miss training camp and regular-season games if the Cowboys didn’t sign him to a long-term deal before Wednesday’s deadline.
Bryant insisted he was prepared to stay away, forfeiting $754,000 per game.
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“I’m a very passionate person, and I’m one of those guys that – I am that guy that I have to stand by my word, because that’s how I want to raise my babies,” Bryant said. “It was all me. It was honest.”
But now that he’s signed, Bryant promises great things, even better than last season. He made the All-Pro team for the first time, catching 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014. The Cowboys might have advanced to the NFC Championship Game had his 31-yard catch to the 1-yard line on fourth down in the fourth quarter of the divisional playoff game against the Packers stood. Instead, replay overturned the catch, and the Packers ran out the clock.
Bryant can’t wait for another chance.
“Now that we’ve got the deal done, I can only imagine what’s fixing to go down this season,” he said. “We’re Super Bowl ready.”
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