Dez Bryant is a player that many believe will have a break out season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. With a healthy Tony Romo back under center, Bryant has a chance to emerge as the Cowboys No. 1 receiver ahead of Miles Austin before the season comes to an end. He is that talented.
The aforementioned scenario would be ideal for the second-year receiver, as it appears he could use some more money. Although he insists he has fixed his surroundings and now has his head on straight, Bryant is reportedly in significant debt. According to the Star-Telegram, Bryant faced two lawsuits in the spring totaling $850,000 — one of which has been settled. The other is a pending suit in which Eleow Hunt alleges that Bryant and his adviser, David Wells, owe him $600,000 for jewelry, sports tickets, and repayment of loans.
Bryant has four years left on his five-year, $11.8 million deal. He made made $2.84 million last season that included a signing bonus, but his base salary for this year is $1.1 million. Obviously that is a lot of money, but the $600,000 he owes would account for well over half of his base salary for this season.
Needless to say, Dez’s teammates should probably give him a break from now on when it comes to buying five-figure dinners.