As the NFL regular season comes to an end some teams are busy fighting for a playoff spot; however, one team that isn’t in the playoff hunt is the Dallas Cowboys. After showing much promise during the 2016 season, the Cowboys took a step back in 2017. Their top receiver, Dez Bryant, has also taken a few steps back in recent years. Slowed down by injuries, Bryant hasn’t recorded a 1,000 yard season receiving since the 2014 season. Despite his struggles in recent years on the field, Dez’s bank account probably isn’t suffering too much. Dez Bryant’s net worth is $20 million.
A first round draft pick during the 2010 NFL draft, Bryant got off to a hot start in his professional career. His rookie season included over 500 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He continued to develop as an NFL threat and posted nine touchdowns and nearly 1000 yards during his second season with the Cowboys. Over the 2012 to 2014 NFL seasons Dez Bryant solidified himself as one of the top receivers in the league. He posted at least 1200 yards receiving and twelve touchdowns each season during those three years. It was these dominating numbers that justified the Cowboys extending a $70 million contract over five years to the big wideout.
Although small compared to today’s professional sports standards, Dez’s first contract with the Cowboys was worth $11.8 million over five years. This initial contract included a signing bonus of nearly $2 million. Had Dez not had the success he showed during the first five seasons of his NFL career, then Dez Bryant’s net worth wouldn’t be anywhere near the $20 million mark it is today. The Cowboys did decide to reward Dez for his on the field efforts during the 2015 offseason. They extended him a $70 million contract where the total guaranteed amount was $45 million and a signing bonus of $20 million; almost double of his entire first contract.
Injuries have plagued the superstar in recent years since signing the big contract. In the past 3 seasons, Bryant has failed to post a single 1000 yard or ten touchdown season. Bryant is expected to earn a salary of $12.5 million per year over the next two years of his contract. It will be interesting to see where the Cowboys will go with their franchise receiver.
The majority of Dez Bryan’ts net worth comes from his NFL salary, although he does have a few endorsement deals that do add to it. Before making it big as an NFL superstar, Bryant was born and grew up in Texas. An incredible athlete in high school, Bryant was a top football recruit who eventually landed a scholarship to play at Oklahoma State. His college football career ended abruptly after it was shown he failed to disclose to the NCAA contact he had with Deion Sanders. Regardless of his ineligibility, it was clear Bryant was a star as he posted fantastic numbers during his sophomore campaign.
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