Dez Bryant avoided having to back-up his veiled threat of a holdout on Wednesday by reportedly inking a five-year extension worth $70 million to remain with the Dallas Cowboys. Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons just signed a five-year deal worth $80 million. Reggie Jackson is a pretty spare basketball player. The lesson, as always, is don’t play football, kids.
Anyway, Dez is going to once again be catching footballs thrown to him by Tony Romo, which is good news for all parties. The argument can easily be made that Bryant is the best receiver in football these days. He’s found the end zone 41 times over the last three seasons combined, which ranks second to only Marshawn Lynch in the entire league. He’s pretty good, you guys.
In 2014, Dez ranked 12th in the league in catches (88), 8th in yards (1,320) and 1st in receiving touchdowns (16). He also fumbled the ball a grand total of zero times, which is extra impressive when you consider how often he holds the ball like freakin’ Deion.
There’s a very real chance we see even better numbers out of Bryant in 2015. The Cowboys, of course, were a run-heavy team last season, thanks in large part to DeMarco Murray’s breakout season. Murray, of course, is gone now, and the backs on Dallas’ roster today are Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar, Darren McFadden, Ryan Williams and Lache Seastrunk. Was Murray’s amazing season a product of the system/O-line more than him being individually awesome? I suppose we’ll find out.
The point is that without Murray in the fold, we could see the Cowboys go to the air more often than they did last season, which obviously means good things for Bryant’s fantasy outlook. Even if Dallas continues to rely heavily on the running game, however, Dez Bryant remains a near-lock to be one of the top and most consistent fantasy producers in the league.
Dez is my No. 2 overall WR heading into 2015. You probably want to #get him.