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Cowboys trust Dez Bryant enough that his contract contains no special safeguards

Dez Bryant has run into trouble off the field in his career, but the Cowboys believe he has matured enough that he needs no special safeguards in his contract.
Dez Bryant has run into trouble off the field in his career, but the Cowboys believe he has matured enough that he needs no special safeguards in his contract. AP

Dez Bryant’s contract contains no special language to protect the Cowboys from consequences of anything that happens off the field with their star receiver.

“As you know, the league has been addressing conduct policy significantly over the last 18 months,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “Consequently, we put into any new contracts the things that the league wants in the contract relative to conduct, and Dez has the same thing in his that other veterans we recently signed.”

Jones sounds as if he trusts Bryant to do the right things on and off the field. Several times in his 23-minute teleconference, Jones used the word “proud” when talking about Bryant.

“His awareness, his accountability, his pride and his responsibility to his teammates and to his coaches, I saw that get better every year,” Jones said. “…As much as anything, he’s very aware that he’s in the spotlight and certainly would be the first to tell you that every time he’s made a decision, it hasn’t been necessarily been exactly the right one, but the second time around he’ll improve on it. I know that sounds a little mouthful, but he has gotten better every year, and you’ve got every reason to think at his age, which he’s young, that he’ll continue to get better and better and better on and off the field. And I’m very proud of him.”

In the year after he was drafted, Bryant was asked to leave NorthPark Center for sagging pants and faced lawsuits over unpaid debts. He had a physical altercation with his mother in 2012, though a misdemeanor family assault charge was conditionally dismissed.

Still, the Cowboys believe Bryant has matured enough during his five years in the league that the standard language that voids guarantees upon an arrest or suspension was enough. Bryant received $45 million guaranteed over the first three years of the five-year deal.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

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