Tag:Dez Bryant
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:23 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:15 pm

Bryant: 'Cowboys have nothing to worry about'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

According to the handy CBSSports.com lockout-o-meter, we have been without football for 121 days. It seems like one of the Cowboys' primary concerns these past four months is how 2010 first-round pick Dez Bryant would handle all the unstructured free time.

And perhaps the organization has reason to worry. Bryant's been banned from malls for wearing his pants to low, sued by a local Dallas jeweler for $600,000, and had a public breakup with his mentor Deion Sanders.

Turns out there's nothing to see here, people. Despite Sanders saying that Bryant needs people in his life who will tell him "no," Bryant says he's all about football.

“I congratulate Deion on the success he had in his career and I'm very excited about him getting inducted into the Hall of Fame," Bryant said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "But my focus is on the Cowboys. Whatever is said about that situation, it can be said. I'm done with it. I'm just ready to move on."

After Bryant's "droopy pants incident" at a Dallas-area mall in March, Sanders, appearing on the Ben & Skin Show on ESPN 103.3, said "[Bryant] needs help. I told the Cowboys from Day 1 that he needs help. Matter of fact, they have a team in place to help him. But you cannot tell a grown man what to do."

Bryant's response at the time: "I wish Deion would come to me as a man and talk to me. I've been reaching out to Deion. I've never done anything wrong to Deion or disrespected him. I've never lied to Deion."

Some four months later and Bryant says he has a handle on his situation.

"I know the main guys that I do have around me. I'm not going to say any names, but I put them to work. Just know they're not going to live off of Dez Bryant. I've told them to their face, 'If you're not on what I'm on, and that's doing everything right, you got to move around. ... We all have to stay focused. And there's only three of us really. Three of us and another one of my good friends. We are all friends. There's only three that are actively working."

To recap: There is absolutely nothing to be concerned about.

"All I know is everybody's entitled to their own opinion. In my eyes, I felt like the Cowboys have nothing to worry about. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. I feel like I'm maturing as a man. I'm getting everything done like I'm supposed to do. I'm ready to go out and play football and do my best."

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 2:23 pm

Roy Williams gets engagement ring back

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We're still without football, but it's been a busy week nonetheless for Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams.

We wrote Tuesday that Dallas could end up releasing Williams to save a few bucks and to give Dez Bryant more playing time. And Wednesday, our CBSSports.com colleague Will Brinson pointed out that Williams was suing his girlfriend, 2009 Miss Texas USA Brooke Daniels. Williams sent Daniels a $76,000 engagement ring through the mail, and, understandably, he wanted it back when she said "thanks but no thanks" to his marriage proposal.

Daniels' father told the Odessa American that "[Williams] said to her, 'I'm not like a lot of people, I don't want the ring back. You'll eventually come back to me,' and she didn't." Apparently, Williams had a change of heart, and he was willing to file a lawsuit to get the ring back.

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Well, there's a happy ending of sorts.

Still no wedding bells in the future, but TMZ reports that the ring was returned to Williams' attorney Wednesday. There are several lessons to be learned here. First, as Brinson wrote yesterday, "Know for a fact that when you propose, (your ladyfriend will) say yes." And assuming she's up for it, whatever you do, DO NOT send the engagement ring via the United States Postal Service. In addition to it possibly getting lost, we're guessing women, in general, don't find postal-mail proposals particularly romantic.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 3:00 pm

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last season, Marion Barber had 113 carries, the fewest of his six-year NFL career. His 374 rushing yards, 3.3 yards-per-carry average, 11 receptions, and four touchdowns were also career lows. Those numbers coupled with Barber's contract could mean that the Cowboys will release him once there's a new collective bargaining agreement.

In fact, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Barber is the Cowboys player most hurt by the lockout.

"It might seem strange to see Barber's name as the player hurt most by the lockout, but here's why: The Cowboys are expected to release Barber because they don't want to pay him a $500,000 roster bonus in addition to a $4.5 million base salary," Walker writes. "He's underachieved since becoming the full-time starter in 2008. As long as the lockout lasts, Barber is in limbo. He can't talk to other teams about his services and if the Cowboys decide to keep him, which seems doubtful, he most likely will compete with [Felix] Jones for the starting job."

Two weeks ago, one of Barber's teammates, Roy Williams, said there were benefits to the lockout. “I talked to a player who was contemplating retirement, but the lockout has gotten his body back to where it needs to be,” Williams told the Odessa American at the time. “For us older players, it’s good.” ESPN's Tim MacMahon added that Williams might have job security because cutting him would force the Cowboys to take a huge salary cap hit.

However, the National Football Post's Dan Pompei wrote over the holiday weekend that Williams could be among the veteran free-agent wide receivers looking for work once the lockout ends.

"There are two reasons why Williams is likely going to be a former Cowboy in the near future," Pompei wrote. "The first is he’s making more money than he’s worth. The second is the team wants to clear the way for Dez Bryant to play more. There will be a healthy market for Williams though. His effort and attitude has remained good in Dallas despite the fact that he hasn’t found his niche in the offense, and that will help him find future employment."

This sounds a lot like the reasons Watkins cited above for why Barber might struggle to find a new team. That said, you'd have to think that Williams, who is just 29, would be a much more attractive option than 37-year-old Terrell Owens. Not only because he's younger and healthier but, as Pompei points out, he puts forth the effort and has the attitude teams appreciate. (We'll also assume Williams doesn't struggle to learn the playbook.)

Whoever's on the roster, the Cowboys are set to start training camp on July 29.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:16 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

D. Bryant (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said recently that he had "a handle" on a money situation that appeared to be spiraling out of control. As CBSSports.com's Will Brinson wrote Sunday, Bryant has been "sued by local jewelers, gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants and absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason."

Turns out, Bryant's view of his financial affairs isn't shared by the people he remains indebted to. ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins writes Monday that Bryant "still owes Colleyville jeweler and ticket broker Eleow Hunt a little more than $600,000 for jewelry, tickets and personal loans."
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Whoever you blame for the current labor silliness, one thing is for certain: the owners can hold out a lot longer than the players. Partially because they have more money, but also because you seldom read stories of owners dropping 600 grand on "jewelry, tickets and personal loans."

When the Cowboys signed Bryant to a five-year, $11.8 million contract last July, it included $8.5 million in guarantees. That's a lot of coin to dump in anyone's lap, much less a 22-year-old fresh out of college.

The frivolous spending isn't surprising -- it's part of being young and impetuous -- but the owners knew that many players, especially those new to the league, wouldn't heed advice from their agents or union representatives to save money during the lockout. Which means that even players making well into six-figures could be short on funds any month now.  Paying for the clothes, the cars, the homes -- for themselves and family members -- adds up quickly. Since banks aren't in business to float interest-free loans, the money has to come from somewhere.

If you want to see football in the fall, this should be good news. Being broke serves as a catalyst to make progress on a new labor agreement, even the players have to make concessions they thought were off the table.

While it seems that Bryant is on the hook for at least another $600K, he sounds like he will be ready to go once the 2011 season begins. "From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said recently. "The relationship between Big Tony [Romo] and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Compartmentalization is a defense mechanism developed from perpetually being in the spotlight. In that regard -- being able to separate his personal life from his professional life -- Bryant sounds like a seasoned veteran.

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 4:20 pm

Dez Bryant: 'I have a handle' on money situation

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one NFL player who's had arguably the most tumultous individual offseason, Dez Bryant of the Cowboys would be a good candidate.

He's been sued by local jewelers, he's gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, he's been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants, he's been absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason.

So, it's gotta be good for the team to hear that Bryant's taking care of business lately.

"I have a handle on it and it's done," Bryant said in response to a question about his financial issues. "It's in the past and I'm ready to go ahead from here."

Also nice: Bryant predicts that the lockout won't affect the NFL season!

"There will be an NFL season and I think we will start on time," Bryant said. "I know Dallas will be ready to go, and I'll be ready to put on my helmet and go to work."
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That's probably a stretch, but whatever -- anything Bryant can do in order to make sure he sounds totally gruntled is a good thing. Which makes the comments about relationship with the two most-famous faces of the Cowboys franchise, Jerry Jones and Tony Romo, also optimistic.

"From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said. "The relationship between Big Tony and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Bryant, in a wide-ranging interview, was also asked about the offense under the full-time guidance of Jason Garrett, and said he envisions it being "more aggressive."

"I think we'll be more aggressive this year with (Garrett) in charge," Bryant said. "I still have a bad taste in my mouth after starting 1-7 last year, and that makes me motivated and determined for this season."

All in all, if you're a Cowboys fan, you've got to be pretty pumped up about this whole sitdown at a department store in Oklahoma. Unless you're so cynical that you think Dez might have been coached-up before he got to the interview, which, naturally, featured tons of questions about stuff that public-relations people usually won't allow to be answered during a time of heavy labor strife.

That's not me being entirely skeptical about Bryant's interview; it does sound like he's kind of gotten things together after a bad start to the offseason.

Or, at the very least, he's hired someone who's taught him not to say stupid things publicly, which is a giant step forward anyway.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 6:50 pm

Dez Bryant missing from Cowboys workout?

Posted by Andy BenoitD. Bryant (US Presswire)

UPDATE (6:45 p.m.): Per Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, Tony Romo said that Bryant joined the workouts on the second day.

About 40 Cowboys showed up for the team’s player-organized workouts on Tuesday. It was the first player-organized events for the team since the lockout.

"It went great," Tony Romo said, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. "We had a great turnout. It was crisp. It was fast. You could feel the energy from the guys being back out there. Guys were committed. It was great to see."

Romo would not specify which players were in attendance, but ESPN 103.3 in Dallas heard that Dez Bryant was not one of the participants. While some players can’t attend because they simply aren’t in Texas at the moment, it is believed that Bryant is in the Dallas area.

Bryant’s absence would not be noteworthy if not for his failure to appear at Valley Ranch during the brief lifting of the lockout last week. After Bryant’s no-show last week, Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star Telegram ripped the young receiver, writing:

On Friday, when the doors at Valley Ranch temporarily swung open for players, the Cowboys' training staff was waiting eagerly on Bryant, mainly to check on the rehab of the broken ankle from last season, a rehab that has gone unsupervised due to the lockout.

We can assume the reports of Dez playing high-end pickup basketball games in Cedar Hill would not be recommended rehab by the trainers.

Dez's new receivers coach is Jimmy Robinson, a guy Bryant has hardly met. Friday would have been a perfect get-together moment. The same goes for new strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik, one of the NFL's most respected. Woicik surely has some ideas for Dez.
There have been whispers all offseason that Bryant has too much leeway within the Cowboys organization. It would be a surprise if this turns out being the last “Dez Bryant issues” story we ever write.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 5:42 pm

Teammates reach out to Dez Bryant

D. Bryant met with some teammates, who hope to set him on the right path (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has been tough to figure out since he came into the NFL for his rookie year at the beginning of last season. He’s obviously quite talented, but he’s proven himself to be immature and, in quite a few cases, awfully irresponsible.

Some of his teammates are trying to change that behavior.

He’s made some unfortunate news this offseason – such as allegedly refusing to pull up his pants at a Dallas-area mall and not paying up for $246,000 worth of jewelry – and the unfortunate reality of the lockout is that nobody from the Cowboys organization can reach out to him during his troubled times.

But his teammates can, and that’s exactly what they did Saturday when, according to the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys QB Tony Romo, C Andre Gurode and LB Keith Brooking met him for lunch.

On his Twitter account, Bryant wrote that he had a good time. But his teammates must hope he got more out of the lunch than just a pleasant afternoon. They must hope he’s beginning to figure out how grown-ups act in the real world.

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Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:45 pm

Dez Bryant paying off some of his bills

Posted by Andy Benoit
D. Bryant
One of the more interesting stories this offseason has been the snowballing problems of Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. The second-year star has not run into any serious trouble, but there have been a slew of stories -- namely multiple behavior issues at a local mall and unpaid jewelry Bills large enough to buy a three-bedroom home -- that raise eyebrows about Bryant’s maturity and focus. More than a few individuals close to Bryant or close to the Cowboys organization have said they’re worried that Bryant is currently headed down the wrong path.

Bryant may have veered from that wrong path a bit this week. Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that the New York-based jeweler who was suing Bryant over non-payment on $246,000 worth of jewelry has reached a settlement with him. Terms were not disclosed.

Bryant is still facing another lawsuit from a Texas jeweler and ticket broker who claims he’s owed over $600,000. That suit is yet to be filed.

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