One of Dez Bryant’s greatest attributes as a football player may be hurting him in his negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys. The emotion that helps drive him in games seems to be driving him nuts as he responds to unfounded rumors with tweets that make little sense.
The latest brush fire was set off Friday when Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio suggested on 105.3 "The Fan" that a supposedly troubling videotape might be one reason the Cowboys aren’t ready to commit to a long-term contract for Bryant. Florio indicated it was common knowledge among NFL insiders that a potentially incriminating tape exists.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told a couple reporters Friday that he didn’t know anything about this tape. Here’s what Bryant tweeted at about noon Friday:
It seems pretty obvious Bryant believes the Cowboys are running a smear campaign against him. He apparently sees the Cowboys leaning toward using the frachise tag on him as a sign of disrespect. But Bryant should remember the Saints placed their franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham and then signed him to a long-term deal afterwards. The franchise tag can be used to buy a little extra time. And there are worse scenarios in life than receiving $12 million for one season.
Bryant wants to be paid like the best receiver in the NFL. He knows that he altered his lifestyle in order to assure the Cowboys he was worth the risk of a long-term commitment. Right now, he’s feeling exploited.
This might be a good time for Jerry Jones to clear the air with Bryant. He’s been a calming influence for many players over the years. That said, the Cowboys owner can’t make decisions based on the potential unhappiness of one player. But he can sit down and remind Bryant how much he means to the organization.
In the interim, Bryant’s agent Tom Condon needs to spend some time with his client. Bryant needs to realize this negotiation doesn’t have to play out via Twitter.
It’s time for Bryant to put his phone on airplane mode for a couple weeks. There’s no use refuting evidence that seems pretty flimsy.