The Sacramento Kings aren’t the only professional franchise with a disgruntled player. No, the Dallas Cowboys have one as well, albeit for vastly different reasons.
Dez Bryant is one of the best wide receivers in football. In fact, you could argue he’s the best receiver in football. And he wants to get paid. He doesn’t want to be franchised. He wants to get paid. He also wants a long-term contract, and if he doesn’t get what he wants, he’s not going to play – or so he says.
Your move, Jerry.
“I just cannot see Jerry Jones going through what Jerry Jones has gone through to get Dez to this point and then saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to let you walk out,’” former Cowboys wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Now, Dez is not happy with the situation, and I understand he wants a long-term contract and all this stuff. But there’s no way Jerry is going to let him go. Dez loves playing football too much. That’s just the business side of it.”
Emmitt Smith famously sat out the first two games of the 1993 season due to a contract dispute. Irvin, however, doesn’t see it going that far with Bryant.
“I know that’s a hard thing for a guy like Dez to sit a football game, as much as he loves playing football and as much as he loves playing with those guys,” Irvin said. “I don’t know if it makes it to that. I really don’t. It’d be hard for me to call that. I believe they both sit down and try to get something done. Emmitt’s a great running back. Emmitt would just show up. I watched him sleep through meetings, wake up and rush for 200 yards. He could do that. Dez Bryant needs his reps – because throwing the ball is different than just handing the ball off. You have to develop that timing, and that’s something you have to work on all the time.”
If Bryant returns to the field in the near future, Irvin doesn’t think Bryant’s play will suffer. In fact, it might actually improve.
“(Look at) Adrian Peterson,” Irvin said. “I always tell people to watch who the feud is between. Adrian Peterson and the front office is a problem, okay? But Adrian Peterson and the coach is still great. So at that place, it’ll work out – because what happens is, the player’s sanctuary becomes the field. Now, if it’s a problem between Adrian Peterson and the coach, that’s a problem because now you can’t go to the field and hide.”
(Think DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl. Yeah, good luck with that, Sacramento.)
“So (with) Dez, (his) this back and forth . . . is between the front office,” Irvin continued. “Jason Garrett, that’s a smart man. Jason Garrett called Dez over and said, ‘Come over and be with the team. You can make sure that there’s nothing between me and you while whatever is going on between you and the front office (gets sorted out). So you know the field is your sanctuary. They’re only going to give you $13 million this year? Come onto the field and take it out on your sanctuary.’ Jason Garrett, he’s a very smart man to make sure he keeps Dez involved like that.”