By Mike Fisher | @fishsports
ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) — I asked the question.
And then, not getting a clear answer, maybe because Dez Bryant’s head was swirling post-loss, I asked it again.
Given Dez’s midweek change in agents, with the high-profile Jay-Z now involved, is Dallas’ star receiver still focused on being a “Cowboy for Life’’?
“That,’’ Bryant told me, “makes sense. I love Cowboy Nation and they love me. I’m going to try to make it right and bring that Super Bowl here.”
Bryant made a wise business decision in switching from previous agent Eugene Parker to a more “hands-on’’ representation. But contrary to what many believe, Jay-Z won’t handle contract negotiations with the Cowboys. I reported on Sunday morning that CAA would do that (like it does for teammates Tony Romo and Jason Witten). Jay-Z’s Roc Nation sports management team has a different role.
“I come from dirt, point-blank period,” Bryant said. “Every day I’m writing my story and it’s getting better. I feel like that was the best choice for me. They can help me get to where I want to be.”
Bryant made another wise decision to talk about this non-football issue away from the locker room, where he held a presser following Sunday’s 28-17 home loss to Arizona. He needed time to gather himself before talking calmly and passionately about the game, which drops Dallas to 6-3, that “if it’s right,” he’s willing to discuss a contract extension during this season.
Later, he was just as passionate in talking about the business beyond football.
Bryant, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, said he’d be “highly disappointed” if the Cowboys placed the franchise tag on him and that he is open to negotiations immediately “if it’s right.’’
That’s a change from his previous stance, a good business position, and an opportunity for all parties — the Joneses, who have done lots of work with CAA and have an acquaintanceship with Jay-Z — to step up those “Cowboy for Life’’ efforts.
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