Dez Gets Paid

Charlotte Jones Anderson and Bryant show off the newly inked contract

Dez Bryant got his money. And the Cowboys have their franchise receiver locked up for the next five years. Five years for $70 million to be exact. Signed on Wednesday, the contract was penned on the final day players saddled with the franchise tag could ink a multi-year deal before 2016. So no holdout for Dez, although count me as a skeptic as to whether he would have stuck to his guns when the $750,000 per games checks didn’t arrive in September (the amount he would have made under the franchise tag this season). But I also didn’t think Jerry & Co. would allow the season to begin without Tony Romo’s #1 target in the lineup. So count me as one of the “not surprised” to see the deal get done.

Bryant’s $14 million annual average salary now makes him the league’s second-highest paid wide receiver, trailing only the Lions’ Calvin Johnson. But Bryant has jumped Megatron with his potential $45 million in guaranteed money – a record at the position. The Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas signed his own five-year, $70 million deal literally just minutes after Bryant, but received less guaranteed money (the collusion talk is not finished I fear).

According to ESPN, the deal includes $32 million in fully guaranteed money – a $20 million signing bonus and guaranteed salaries of $3 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016. That guaranteed money will increase to a total of $45 million if Bryant is still on the team’s roster on the fifth day of the league year in 2016, kicking in another guaranteed $13 million for the 2017 season, then Bryant’s base salary for 2018 and 2019 will be $12.5 million per year.

The ultimate Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens direct tweeted to Bryant – @DezBryant #OKState proud of you. We’re both rich now. Want in on #OKState football stadium? “Pickens/Bryant Stadium” Not cheap though.

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Tom Fireoved is the Co-Founder of ScoreBoardTX and President of Franchise Sports & Entertainment, a Dallas based athlete marketing and consulting agency. He formerly served as Vice President of the Texas Rangers and Executive Vice President of the Dallas Stars.