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Cowboys' Dez Bryant: I 'deserve' to be one of highest paid receivers

Dez Bryant Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has 25 touchdown catches in the past two seasons. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said he is one of the NFL's best receivers and wants to start getting paid like it.

Bryant also says he hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with the team before the season starts.

"Yeah, I deserve it," Bryant said to ESPN.com. "I deserve it. I feel like I do. I put the work in, but I let that kind of stuff take care of itself. It is what it is. I let my agent talk about it and give me some feedback."

Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in base salary and has a $250,000 workout bonus this season, which is the final year of his rookie deal.

"I'm loyal to the squad," Bryant said. "I've always been. Me and my agent are going to talk about [a hometown discount]. We'll talk about it. You know, this is big. This is life-changing. Like I said, I've done everything asked of me, and we'll see what happens."

Bryant caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for the Cowboys, making his first Pro Bowl.

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