Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated a month ago he wants Dez Bryant back with the team next season, but Stephen Jones, Cowboys executive vice president, had a different attitude regarding Bryant's future with the team. Todd Archer of ESPN reported that Stephen Jones acknowledged Bryant’s passion and love for the game and how much he means to the team, but those same emotions can create a negative energy for the team. When he was asked about Bryant’s future, Stephen said: “The Cowboys are going to do what’s in the best interest of our business.”

Bryant had what was considered a down season after only catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

He also led the NFL in the most drops with 11 after Bryant and quarterback Dak Prescott struggled together all season long. Leading the league in drops and only catching 69 passes out of 132 is not great for someone who is supposed to be considered one of the best receivers in the NFL. He also counts $16 million over the cap for next season.

Cowboys salary issues

The Cowboys could save $8.5 million against the cap if they were to cut Bryant right now. If they were to wait until June 1, they would save an extra $4.5 million, which would bring a total savings of $12.5 million. Last week, the Cowboys signed Allen Hurns, former wide receiver of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and speedy receiver Deonte Thompson.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News tweeted out yesterday (March 26) that Stephen Jones and the Cowboys didn't sign Allen Hurns to replace Bryant. They felt that he could be an upgrade as the No. 2 receiver opposite of Bryant. Stephen Jones said that the Cowboys still haven't spoken to Bryant about his contract but plan to do so soon.

He also did not rule out the option of taking a receiver in the first round of the draft.

Zack Martin to be the highest paid guard?

Cowboys guard Zack Martin, who is arguably the best guard in the NFL today, is set also be the highest paid as well. Martin, a four-time Pro Bowler, and two-time First-team All-Pro is looking for his big payday and to remain a Cowboy for life.

The Cowboys could also pick up Martin’s fifth-year option for this season but that would only make him have the leverage to receive more money, so the Cowboys are looking to get a deal done this offseason.

Martin has exceeded every goal and achievement since joining the Cowboys as a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has been a professional not only on the field but around the community as well. He most certainly deserves a new long-term deal to remain the third piece of the great offensive line, along with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, for years to come.