Dez Bryant and Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones have met twice in the past week to discuss a long-term contract going forward. Jerry is on record saying that he wants Dez to be a Cowboy long term. Dez has stated that he doesn't want the contract to be a distraction after the season starts. (Source: Dallas News)
Fantasy Impact: Dez is finally showing the maturity needed to be a dominant player on the field and whether or not his contract gets settled before the season starts is a moot point. With Scott Linehan in town along with a bad Dallas defense, the Cowboys will be in a shootout nearly every week which will lead Dez to be the #1 WR in fantasy football this year.
Despite playing only two series in the Cowboy's second preseason game, Bryant mustered 3 catches for 59 yards and made a circus catch on the sideline that was ruled incomplete because he was out of bounds (a holding penalty would have negated the play regardless). In film session coaches pointed out that Bryant was forced to make the acrobatic catch because he ran a bad route, and Bryant accepted the criticism saying "If it’s not right, tell me it’s not right because I want to do my best to fix it". Not being offended by the lack of praise for the catch is another sign that the uber-talented wide receiver is continuing to mature and fosters thoughts of great things to come. (Source: ESPN Dallas)
Fantasy Impact: Bryant's talent has never been in question. His maturity level on the other hand was a focal point in the beginning of his career. His dedication to getting better and willingness to be "coached up" has his potential sky rocketing. A potentially atrocious defense, a new pass happy offense, a very talented QB, and other weapons in the offense to take some focus off of Bryant sets the table for a monster fantasy season. Dez is currently the 3rd WR (9th Overall in PPR) being drafted and there is no reason to argue with that value.
Dez Bryant's tweet about being disrespected stirred up some unintentional controversy but he quickly clarified that he was responding to an article written about his contract negotiations and not the actual negotiations with Cowboy's brass. (Source: SportsDay DFW)
Fantasy Impact: While it looked like there was tension brewing between Bryant and the Cowboy's front office, all seems well for now. Bryant is poised for a huge season under new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan. Many experts have Dez locked in as a top 3 wideout this year so the contract situation will be worth monitoring to ensure he stays happy and committed to the cause.