On Wednesday, the final day players with the franchise tag could bag a deal before 2016, Dez Bryant signed a five-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
The deal is worth $70 million with $45 million guaranteed, as reported by USA Today.
While Bryant receives $14 million a year average – being second highest, following Detroit Lions player Calvin Johnson – his $45 million is a record breaking amount for his position. Denver Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas also signed a five-year $70 million deal but is receiving lesser in guaranteed money.
— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) July 15, 2015
According to Yahoo News, in what can be regarded as his best season, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns without losing a fumble.
Bryant’s deal comes after he missed out on most of the Cowboys’ offseason program. He also took to social media to say that, if a deal was not signed, he would not be at the training camp and regular season games.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 13, 2015
In March, the Cowboys had chosen to franchise Bryant instead of the 2014 rushing champion DeMarco Murray. Murray has been signed with the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Dallas will now enter September with an impressive cast that, in addition to Bryant, comprises of Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley.
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