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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys goes around the outside of Johnathan Cyprien #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL week 10 match between the Jackson Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium on November 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

    There are several reasons why the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to slap that ol' franchise tag on Dez Bryant this offseason, and then do it again after the 2015 season. Then, you can reassess your thoughts on the embattled receiver and make a decision after the 2016 season if you want to keep him around long-term.

    But guess what? If the Cowboys do that, Bryant won't be happy, and he's already gone on the record saying as much.

    That was clearly on his mind Sunday when he had one of the biggest "I'm a man" performances of his career with two ridiculously dominant, impressive touchdown catches. Bryant wants a long-term deal, and the Cowboys should give him one — not just any deal but a deal becoming of a top-3 player at his position in all of football. Heck, probably top two.

    Other than Calvin Johnson, you can't convince me there is anyone better than Bryant going right now, and that's not going to change any time real soon. Bryant has it all, except for the 6-6 height that Megatron has.

    With that said, the Cowboys need to bite the bullet, realize Bryant has never been in any kind of serious trouble other than a domestic spat with his mother, and pay the man. Can you imagine a mad Bryant playing next year? It could one of two ways, either serving as extra motivation or a reason to mail it in a la Brandon Marshall back in the day in Denver.

    A happy Bryant equals a happy Tony Romo, equals a happy Cowboys offense. Go ahead, Jerry, make it happen.