It’s time to get the NFL’s silly season started just a bit early. Last week, Miami Dolphins wide receiver and pending free-agent Jarvis Landry made it well-known that he wants to be paid as one of the NFL’s top pass catchers. He also said the franchise’s initial offer was “disrespectful.” This off-season, the Dallas Cowboys will more than likely have to make a decision on wide receiver Dez Bryant. The difficult reality is that the team’s most talented pass catcher is not living up to his $17 million cap hit. That figure gave Bryant the Cowboys’ highest cap hit (by almost a full $5 million) and the sixth highest cap hit at that position in the entire NFL last season, according to Spotrac.com. If his contract does not get restructured, his cap hit will tick up to $16.5 million, which would be the second-highest figure on the team behind All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith ($17.5 million), and the third highest cap hit amongst all receivers in the NFL for 2018. Just because Bryant led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (838) and touchdown catches (six) this season, doesn’t mean he’s providing close to a strong return on the investment the club has made in him. He’s even said that the scheme is to blame for his sub-par output these past two seasons. That scheme is not likely to see significant changes with the return of head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. While Bryant is capable of serving as a home-run hitter and a massive red-zone target, he actually put up even worse numbers when the team had running back Ezekiel Elliott for a full 16 games. Barring injuries or any more off-the-field incidents, Elliott is likely to play the full slate of games next season.
Could Jarvis Landry be the Cowboys solution to the Dez Bryant problem?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jan 22