Ten days into May, Dez Bryant still doesn’t have an NFL home.
With the deadline passing for free-agent signees figuring into the compensatory picks formula, Bryant’s status could change in short order if any team is willing to take a chance on a former Pro Bowler whose production has waned.
But certainly I think he can take some of the things he’s seen Jason do and incorporate that type of attitude and work ethic in what he’s doing and get a chance to be back out there.
I think that every evaluation that I’ve seen, Dez has an excellent opportunity to make a contribution and a significant contribution to a team. Our time was the time and the right time [to release him] as far as our relationship, but that doesn’t preclude him from being productive for another team.
Throughout the offseason, Jerry Jones has been the good-cop on Bryant’s side. Most of the league, however, hasn’t agreed with the Cowboys ‘ owner. Dez’s market has been quiet since he turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens before the NFL draft.
Rick Porcello, who was originally slated to pitch on Thursday, was bumped up to Wednesday, and left hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start in the series finale on Thursday.
Price’s injury appears related to the same symptoms that forced him to leave an April 11 start against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston after one inning. Price allowed four runs in an eventual 10-7 Yankees win.
Prescott is eligible for a contract extension after the 2018 season. Set to earn $720,000 in base salary in 2019, this year could be the last that the Cowboys own the luxury of paying the starting quarterback less than a backup center.
With the going rate for starting QBs soaring well past the $100 million figure, the Cowboys know they’ll soon need to pay the QB piper. Given Prescott’s status as a fourth-rounder, Jones is aiming for a figure that should be around second-tier money when Prescott is eligible — perhaps closer to Jimmy Garoppolo ‘s $137.5 million deal than Matt Ryan ‘s $150-million whopper, or whatever astronomical figure Aaron Rodgers receives.