Tag:Dez Bryant
Posted on: July 23, 2010 2:37 pm

More draft picks are signing than last year

Though only one of the first-round picks have signed – thanks to Cowboys WR Dez Bryant getting his deal completed Thursday – draft pick signings are up 29 percent from this point last year, according to NFLlabor.com .

So far, not including the players who have signed today, 163 of the 255 players selected have signed contracts. Last year on this date, 126 of 256 draftees had inked their names.

With those who selected in the first three rounds, 26 have signed this year, compared to 20 last year. That’s an increase of 30 percent.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Tags: Dez Bryant
Posted on: July 23, 2010 11:48 am

Bryant's signing a win-win

Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised that agent Eugene Parker and the Cowboys completed a deal Thursday to sign the first first-round pick of the 2010 Draft class, WR Dez Bryant.

Although Parker isn’t known for getting his players to training camp on time, he has a positive relationship with Dallas’ front office, and according to the Dallas Morning News’ David Moore , that familiarity “allowed them to jump out and set the market rather than let it come to them.”

Parker told Moore: “When you don't have to build that trust, you can minimize the posturing. You can get right down to the tough issues. The trust factor allows you to get right to the real issues.''

Bryant really wanted to finish his contract before the start of training camp, because he hasn’t been in pads since the middle of last year when he was suspended for much of Oklahoma State’s season.

The completed contract also reflected the Cowboys wishes. Now, he’ll get a chance to compete against Roy Williams for a starting WR spot. How fast could that happen?

The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen has an opinion. Writes Bowen:

Could we see Bryant moving ahead of Williams on the depth chart by September? Maybe, as we know the overall skills are there. But just like any rookie WR, Bryant will struggle to adapt to the speed of NFL defenses, the coverage schemes and the ability of pro defensive backs. How will he respond to press coverage (something he didn’t see a lot in the Big 12), the everyday marathon that is the NFL training camp, a bad practice, etc.?

We will get to see all of that unfold over the month of August. By getting the deal done, Bryant has those opportunities to learn the pro game and use the practice time and the preseason games as a learning tool.

Too often (as we will see in the coming weeks) first-round picks sit at home and miss crucial time on the field and in the meeting room. Miss three days and we are talking up to six practices and hours in the film room watching tape. As a rookie, you need that time to see your mistakes and correct them on the field the next day.

All in all, a good deal for everyone involved.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:04 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 8:12 pm

Dez Bryant becomes first 1st-rounder to sign

When agent Eugene Parker said publicly that he wanted to get a deal done before his client, first-round pick WR Dez Bryant, had to report to Cowboys camp, many of us nodded and smiled.

Parker’s first-round clients, after all, aren’t exactly known for their refusal to hold out. Take Michael Crabtree with the 49ers last year as an example.

But Parker was correct in this instance.

This evening, the Cowboys, who open training camp this weekend, said they have come to terms with Bryant – the first of this year’s first-rounders to sign a contract – and according to ESPN.com , he’ll receive a five-year deal worth $11.8 million with $8.5 million guaranteed.

Now, we let the first-round signings circus begin.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area makes a wonderful Tweet. Wrote Maiocco: “Looks as if Dez Bryant will get 71 days more of preparation for his first regular-season game than what Michael Crabtree got a year ago.”

UPDATE (8:10 PM ET):
This Bryant quote, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News : "This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice," Bryant said "I want to help this team. I want to compete. I can't wait to start playing football again."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:14 pm

Dez Bryant's agent wants a deal done

On Monday, the Cowboys opened contract negotiations with first-round pick WR Dez Bryant. On Tuesday, Bryant’s agent, Eugene Parker, told Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he hopes to get a deal done before the beginning of training camp.

"We are going to work to get it done as soon as possible," Parker said Tuesday. "They want it done. We want it done."

I wouldn’t hold my breath.

--Josh Katzowitz

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