Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception for a fourth quarter touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Garrett compares Dez Bryant to Micahel Irvin


The Dallas Cowboys will have to empty their coffers to keep Dez Bryant in town for the long term. If you ask coach Jason Garrett though, it’ll be money well spent. After all, he’s the one who witnessed the impact of the last great receiver to play in Dallas.

“I have a great fondness for Michael Irvin. I had the good fortune of playing with Michael for eight years,” Garrett told NFL.com. “Michael Irvin set the pace and the tempo for our team all throughout the 90s. He worked harder than anybody else. And Dez Bryant has a lot of those same traits.”

In his four seasons with the Cowboys, Dez Bryant has averaged 10 TDs and 1,000 yards. He is by all accounts one of the five best receivers in the league, and will be paid like one, either via an extension or through a 2015 franchise tag, as the article suggests. Now, in addition to all of that, it appears that Bryant has his coach’s full support.

This brings up an interesting point that we briefly explored earlier today. Colin Kaepernick is in a similar situation as Bryant in that he’s looking for a new deal. Much like Bryant, Kaepernick’s coach really pumped him up to media, which only makes the job at hand tougher for a management team trying to keep player costs as low as possible. It’s just another reminder that even if the owners do sign the checks, it’s the players who coaches are loyal to first because it’s the players who make or break a coach’s job and ensuing status in the NFL.

Look for Dez Bryant to get paid big money either this offseason or in 2015.

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