DALLAS- Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant posted better stats than the best wide receiver in the NFL, Calvin Johnson. Bryant signed a 1 year, $12,873,000 deal. The Detroit Lions pay Johnson $16,207,143.
On the surface, Bryant’s contract seems like a lucrative deal. However, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. Johnson caught 71 passes for 1,077 yards and 8 touchdowns.
These are the stats that create separation in contracts. It seems obvious that Bryant actually has a legitimate complaint. Bryant performed significantly better than Johnson who is usually regarded as the clear-cut top receiver in the NFL.
There are other receivers who could eventually make about as much as Johnson. Bryant should be on the list of receivers who are in a position to make $16,000,000 per year.
Stats and contracts for other top receivers
The good news is the Cowboys are paying Bryant money than Brown, Nelson, Cobb, and Thomas. However, they may have to pay him more later on. A contract extension seems inevitable. Dez Bryant and the Cowboys should be able to work something out. Bryant should have a deal to agree on before the first week of the regular season and avoid a week one holdout.
Bryant said, “Everybody voicing opinions.. 13 mil is cool but where is my security?” Bryant said there is a chance he will sit out for week 1. It is clear that Bryant is seeking a Calvin Johnson type of deal based on his comments.
It is imperative that the Cowboys offer a deal that is at least close to Johnson’s contract. It will be tough to win without Bryant in week one.