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Report: Dez Bryant ‘visibly upset’ after Tyron Smith extension

dez-bryantDez Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys, and he is hoping he does not have to play it out. While Bryant has been vocal about wanting a new deal, nothing is imminent. At the moment, it appears the Cowboys have focused most of their money on offensive tackle Tyron Smith.

Smith signed a remarkable eight-year extension with Dallas on Wednesday that is reportedly worth around $110 million. He had two years remaining on his current deal, so the new contract will keep the 23-year-old with the Cowboys through 2023. Was Dez bothered by that?

Bryant has been one of the best receivers in the league for the past three seasons, so you can understand why he feels slighted. He has averaged 10 touchdowns per year during his young career, which typically is plenty to get a receiver paid. However, some off-field concerns may help explain why the Cowboys appear to be dragging their heels.

While Ian Rapoport reports that Smith’s extension makes it “nearly impossible” for the team to hammer out a new contract with Bryant, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones insists the goal is to keep both in Dallas for life.

“We’re totally committed to make Dez a Cowboy for life,” Jones told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram earlier this week. “Our plans from Day 1 … figure a way to get Dez and Tryon extended.

I highly doubt the Cowboys let Bryant leave, but anything can happen in the NFL. Bryant could tear an ACL this season and his value would instantly decrease. You can’t blame him for wanting to get paid ASAP.

H/T Fansided

Tyron Smith reportedly called 911 on family members who were looking for money

Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith has struggled with money since he signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract when he was drafted in 2011. However, his troubles have not been the same as many of the young professional athletes who fail to manage their money properly. Instead, Smith has had to deal with being harassed by his family members who want money.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Smith called 911 on Tuesday after several of his five siblings showed up at his house to “harass and torment” him “in the pursuit of collecting financial gain.” It was not the first time his family has harassed him for money.

“Lesser means were tried and they weren’t successful,” Smith’s attorney John Schorsch said of the 911 call. “You can use your own imagination as to what it took for a guy that big and that imposing to be that worried.”

Smith also filed a protective order against his mother, Frankie Pinkney, and stepfather, Roy Pinkney, over the summer because of a similar issue. He reportedly gave his family members a significant amount of money after signing his rookie contract, but they keep coming back for more and are not satisfied.

Cowboys sources say one of Smith’s family members had to be removed from training camp over the summer for an unknown reason. The team is reportedly aware of their offensive tackle’s family situation and has put a plan in place to help him avoid any further incidents when he is with the team.

Unfortunately, situations like Smith’s are all too common with professional athletes. Family members see that he is now a multimillionaire but can’t see the fact that he may need that money to live for the rest of his life. As we have seen with people like Vince Young, sometimes you can lose control of your financial situation and wind up struggling mightily. Good for Smith for trying to prevent that at a young age, even if it means making difficult choices like getting police involved with his family matters.