Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches footballs for a drill during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys in extension talks but not close

The Dallas Cowboys trio of Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant nearly catapulted the team into the playoffs last season, and the offense will be even better next year with the additions of Zack Martin and Devin Street, as well as further growth from wide receivers Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. If the Cowboys are to overcome one of the league’s worst defenses and contend for the playoffs, then they will need to field one of the best offenses once again. Bryant is the most individually talented of the skill position players and is an elite receiver in this league, and he could be a top five receiver if he becomes more consistent.

At just 25, Bryant is heading into the final year of his contract and has immense upside going forward as one of the franchise’s cornerstone players. He’s also slated to make just $1.78 million this upcoming season on his rookie contract, so he’s a prime candidate for an extension that will pay him far more than the five-year contract he is currently finishing up.

ESPN Dallas’s Tim MacMahon reports that Bryant’s agent and the Cowboys have had “several discussions” with each other this offseason regarding a contract extension, but MacMahon adds that both sides are “not close” to getting a deal done as we head into training camp. Bryant had a career-high 93 receptions for 1,233 receiving yards with a career-high 13 touchdowns. Only Calvin Johnson is a deadlier weapon in the red zone among wide receivers, and Bryant is a physical specimen who can do everything a No. 1 receiver is supposed to He’s going to make bank on his new contract, and he’ll be even more valuable to the Cowboys organization if he can increase his catch rate, cut down on a few more drops, and continue to develop his route-running.

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