Guaranteed money is key for Dez Bryant

July, 21, 2010
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The Cowboys are talking with first-round pick Dez Bryant and hope to get him to training camp on time. People inside and outside the organization think it's going to be a while to get this done.

We're not talking about a two-week deal ... Bryant will maybe be about three-to-four days late to training camp. That's not a big deal.

The holdup on Bryant's contract likely is about guaranteed money.

Here's what a few other wide receivers drafted the last two seasons received in guaranteed money: Michael Crabtree, who didn't sign a contract with San Francisco until October, is getting $17 million; Oakland's Darrius Heyward-Bey will receive $23.5 million; and Minnesota's Percy Harvin will get $8.5 million. Off-the-field issues forced Harvin to drop in the draft, so there's no telling what he would have gotten if he was selected a little higher.

It's doubtful that Bryant will get close to what Crabtree and Heyward-Bey received in guaranteed money. I'm guessing close to $10 million, given what Harvin got last year with inflation factored in. That sounds about right.

If the Cowboys and agent Eugene Parker can finalize this, expect the rookie from Oklahoma State to be in San Antonio soon.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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