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Bryant caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.

The Ravens were without their top three cornerbacks for much of Bryant's time on the field, and the stud receiver was simply too much for Baltimore's backup corners to handle. Of course, Bryant likely would turned in a similar performance against the starters, as both he and Tony Romo appeared to be in mid-season form. Locked in as the top target in a dangerous offense, Bryant has a high floor and a tantalizing ceiling.

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill says the Cowboys have "plenty of space" under the salary cap to extend Dez Bryant.

This conflicts with a report from Ian Rapoport, who said Tyron Smith's $98 million extension would make a new contract for Bryant "nearly impossible." Hill disagrees, saying the Cowboys still have "a little less that $10 million" in cap space. Regardless of the logistics, it does not appear Dallas and Dez are close to an agreement.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Cowboys LT Tyron Smith's new contract makes an extension for Dez Bryant "nearly impossible."

Rapoport added there had been "little progress anyway," and that Dez "may benefit from playing it out." Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, but the Cowboys have reservations about handing a big-money extension to a player with the injury and the off-the-field history of Bryant. Dallas' train wreck of a salary-cap also does not help the situation. Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie deal.

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Tony Romo said that if he were getting married this year, Dez Bryant would be a groomsman.

Romo and Bryant are now in their fifth year together. "He's like a little brother to me," the quarterback said. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has racked up 185 catches, 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns -- and now he has Scott Linehan on his side. Linehan has proven to be an expert at getting alpha receivers open, as evidenced by Randy Moss in Minnesota, Torry Holt in St. Louis and most recently Calvin Johnson.

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ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys and walk-year WR Dez Bryant have had "several" contract discussions, but are "not close" to a long-term agreement.

According to reporter Tim MacMahon, Bryant believes he's "earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league," but understands he'll likely have to wait. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of," Bryant said Thursday. Making $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract, Bryant is one of the biggest bargains in the league. The Cowboys' salary-cap disaster will surely make any long-term talks complex.

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ESPN Dallas indicates Jimmy Graham's four-year, $40 million deal that contains $21 million guaranteed could be a baseline for Dez Bryant's next contract.

That would be the absolute floor for Bryant, who will in all likelihood blow Graham's deal out of the water. Bryant will turn 26 in November, while Graham turns 28 the same month. Bryant, unlike Graham, can beat cornerbacks deep and rip the top off a defense. He arguably hasn't even reached the prime of his career and very well could overtake Calvin Johnson as the top receiver in the game, as Megatron is closing in on his 30th birthday. He's operating on a seven-year, $113 million deal with Detroit. Bryant is set to earn just $1.78 million this season.

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The Cowboys "would like to move Dez Bryant around more" in new passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan's offense.

Typically an "X" receiver, Bryant worked at Z and slot during spring practices, also shedding nearly ten pounds. Linehan has an extensive history of freeing up Type A No. 1 wideouts, from Randy Moss in Minnesota to Torry Holt in St. Louis and most recently Calvin Johnson. Linehan even coaxed a top-eight fantasy wideout season out of Chris Chambers (82-1,118-11) with the 2005 Dolphins.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't feel a sense of urgency to extend Dez Bryant's contract.

Bryant is going into the final year of his rookie contract. "I don't know that we have any issues relative to timing there, at all, with any of our contracts," Jones said Tuesday. For his part, Bryant says he's "just going to sit back here and see what happens." Bryant is a fearless player who lays his body on the line - perhaps making him a threat to break down earlier than most - so the Cowboys may be content to let him play out his rookie deal ahead of a franchise-tag assignment next offseason.

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Dez Bryant says he dropped a few pounds this offseason and is down to 212-214.

It's worth noting Bryant's 2010 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot-2, 224. He claims he played at 218 last season. Bryant believes a back injury that has nagged him the past few seasons will be less of an issue at the lighter weight. Still only 25 years old, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

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Dez Bryant is getting reps at "Z" and slot during OTAs.

Bryant has mostly been an "X" receiver throughout his four-year career, allowing defenses to locate and swarm him. Scott Linehan, who has helped guide Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson to huge seasons in the past, will do a better job of freeing Dez up this season. There's no excuse for him to see fewer than 10 targets in a game like he did eight times last year. Thanks to Linehan, a sieve-like defense and unmistakable natural talent, Bryant is a threat to be fantasy's No. 1 receiver this year.