The Dallas Cowboys continue negotiating with Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant on a long-term deal and don’t seem too concerned with Bryant’s reported off-the-field issues, the Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota reports.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported over the weekend that the team was concerned about Bryant’s issues away from the field. The report said that police in Desoto, Texas, where Bryant lives, have been called to his residence multiple times in the four-plus years he has been in the NFL.
Rapoport also reported that the Cowboys offered Bryant a contract of 10 years, worth $114 million, with only $20 million guaranteed.
Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said the team has offered Bryant a contract but nothing has been agreed to. Bryant recently changed representation and now is with Jay Z’s Roc Nation firm.
“We’ve offered him some really nice contracts,” Stephen Jones said to the Dallas Morning News. “We also have to respect his views on where it is. My take on those things is that they ultimately find a way. I have a lot of confidence we will. I think Dez wants to be here and I know we want him here.”
Bryant, 25, has 56 catches for 793 yards and eight touchdowns this season for Dallas (7-3). Bryant made his first Pro Bowl in 2013 after catching 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he wants Bryant to be in Dallas for the rest of his career.
“To me, that says a lot about the concern about off-the-field [issues] if we want him on the Dallas Cowboys for the rest of his career,” Jerry Jones said. “I have a lot of confidence we will. I think Dez wants to be here and I know we want him here.”
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