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Cowboys' Bryant splits with agent ... Why?
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Cowboys' Bryant splits with agent ... Why?

Published Oct. 27, 2014 7:05 p.m. ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has indeed parted ways with agent Eugene Parker.

The Cowboys have been aware of the split since Oct. 23, and sources say the team awaits word on Bryant's decision on future representation (which can be arranged no earlier than Wednesday) as the parties attempt to move forward on an eventually contract extension for the free agent to be.

At the end of training camp, Bryant, 25, announced he did not wish to negotiate a long-term deal once the season began. It is not known whether that was a concept created by Bryant or by Parker, who have split up before during the star player's career.

What was clear was Bryant's view of his talents... a view the organization has little argument with.


"I believe a player should get paid what he deserves," Bryant said. "If I'm top five, I'm top five. If I'm top three, I'm top three. If I'm top two, I'm top two. It is what it is."

Bryant is presently making a base salary of $1.78 million this season, and like the Cowboys, is well aware of ways for a $100-million deal to be constructed, as it was for teammate Tyron Smith during the summer. There are no indications yet that the lack of progress towards a new deal is central to the breakup, but rather that Bryant is taking greater charge of his affairs, desiring representation that is more "hands-on" than Parker, and wishes to make certain his fortune is being managed responsibly.

Bryant hired Parker when he came out of Oklahoma State for the 2010 NFL draft, switched to Drew Rosenhaus in 2011, and then switched back to Parker, best known for having represented Deion Sanders.

Bryant made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, catching 93 balls for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's on a similar pace this season, with 45 catches, 590 yards and four TDs for the 6-1 Cowboys.

It's worth exploring whether there are those inside Valley Ranch who prefer Bryant be associated with another agent, but in the end, team COO Stephen Jones' recent words still ring true.

"We are totally committed to making Dez Bryant a Cowboy for life," Jones said ... and that's the feeling no matter who Bryant chooses as an agent.


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