Dez Bryant, the Cowboys receiver who was famously seen on video in the imagination of Eagles fans everywhere doing something truly atrocious, will be franchise tagged by the Cowboys. Bryant’s recent video-themed troubles have, as of yet, led to no actual footage surfacing (and if it hasn’t now, I don’t think it ever will).
Bryant has said before that he would be “highly disappointed” is he was given the franchise tag, and my theory of Jerry Jones floating the fake video news to get his price down seems to also be unfounded (but still fun). According to ESPN, the tag guarantees Bryant around $13 million in 2015, but the team will “not use the exclusive franchise tag on Bryant … a team would have to give up two first-round picks if Dallas chooses not to match an offer sheet.” Jones said he hopes the tag would work as a placeholder deal until they can actually work out a long-term contract, but I wouldn’t be surprised if rumors of some other devious behavior come out right when those negotiations are kicking off. Also, Dez just scored another touchdown on Bradley Fletcher.