Contract Talks to Affect Bryant's Performance & Cowboy Odds

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:03 PM GMT

The Dallas Cowboys have high hopes this season and much of that optimism hinges on the production of their star wide receiver Dez Bryant.  But will contract talks affect his production and those of Dallas’s NFL odds going forward?

Still a Rookie…Deal
When you think of the truly elite receivers in the NFL players like Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant might be the first names that come to mind. Certainly there is room for a few more in this exclusive club but we can agree that all these men are all well paid for their exceptional abilities. Well, maybe not all if you consider Dez Bryant.

Bryant understands full well that his $1.78 million is chump change in the world of the NFL’s high end receivers but he is taking a surprisingly mature approach. When asked about the negotiations currently taking place to secure a long term deal with the Cowboys Bryant had this to say:

"I don't want to talk about it anymore," Bryant said Monday evening after an event to announce the Cowboys' corporate sponsorship deal with Swiss luxury watch company Hublot. "Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can't be distracted once I'm on the football field."

"I believe a player should get paid what he deserves," Bryant said. "If I'm top five, I'm top five. If I'm top three, I'm top three. If I'm top two, I'm top two. It is what it is."

At the beginning of training camp the sides were reportedly far apart but the discussions have warmed and the gap has narrowed. Both sides are hoping that an agreement can be reached prior to September 7th which is the Cowboys’ first game of the regular season when they take on the powerhouse San Francisco 49’ers. Dallas is currently being offered as a six-point home underdog in NFL odds.

 

Dez Bryant NFL Prop Betting Odds
Whether or not Dallas locks up their All-Pro receiver should have little bearing on how Bryant performs this season. As a matter of fact, a case could be made that if Bryant is not tendered an extension to his liking then he may actually perform better knowing that every reception and touchdown drives up his price. That is not a scenario that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys want to endure and it would be a tough sell to their paying fans that signing their superstar receiver is less important than the exorbitant deal they gave to left tackle Tyron Smith which was reported to be an eight-year pact at a record $97.6 million with $40 million guaranteed.

Bryant’s representatives will be eyeballing Calvin Johnson’s seven-year $113.5 million deal as their ideal comparison. But Megatron is in a league of his own and it appears based on what Bryant has said that he may take a hometown discount to remain with the Cowboys.  Somewhere between Mike Wallace’s $12 million and Larry Fitzgerald’s $16 million will most likely be the area for the deal to land. How much is guaranteed and the length of term will be the other issues discussed.

But what about Dez Bryant leading the pack in the category of most receiving yards in your NFL prop betting odds? Last season he had 93 receptions for 1,233 yards and was targeted 160 times. Those numbers ranked him 13th in receiving yards, well short of the 1,646 racked up by Cleveland’s Josh Gordon. I’m not sure the 7-1 NFL odds on Bryant at Bet365.com, as the second choice tied with A.J. Green Demaryius Thomas but behind the favorite Calvin Johnson, are enough to make me take a bite. But if you believe that Bryant is due for an explosive season then get on down to WilliamHill.com and they will give you much more generous NFL odds on Bryant at 12-1.