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Say It Ain't So: Cowboys Would Think About Trading Dez Bryant

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    As Scott Crisp reported to you on Monday, Patrick Crayton gave quite a radio interview at the end of last week.

    Crayton was determined to burn every last bridge between him and the Cowboys, slamming Jason Garrett's coaching ability and their handling of Ray Sherman while presumably tearing up an 8X10 of Jerry Jones for extra emphasis. His comments on the coaches were so inflammatory that his slam of Dez Bryant somehow flew under the radar. 

    "They let him get away with a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff. Hopefully whoever they bring in as receivers coach, and they say Garrett is a disciplinarian, won't let him get away with so much stuff. He'll get locked down and hopefully be the next Michael Irvin." 

    Crayton isn't alone with his doubts about Bryant. Bryan Broaddus, a former Cowboys scout who works for ESPNDallas, suggested shopping Dezzie for a second first-round pick. Calvin Watkins, his colleague at the Dallas outpost of the Worldwide Leader, asked a member of the Cowboys front office if they would consider such a deal. His answer probably comes as a shock to those who considered the rookie to be one of the only bright spots of the 2010 season.

    "I would think about it."

    Watkins surmises that part of the reason that this would even be on the table is because Bryant was late to meetings and slow to pick up the playbook. He doesn't mention the whole to-do about Roy Williams's shoulder pads, but that fits right into the mix. Character issues, in other words, or the same exact reason why the Cowboys were able to grab Bryant in the first place. If he were being graded just on talent, Bryant wouldn't have lasted 10 picks in the first round.

    That's the problem with suggesting trading him. Because of his immense talent, you can't get anything less than a top-10 pick for him. The prospect of finding someone willing to give up that kind of pick is pretty slim unless, of course, Double J sells the Cowboys and buys a different team.

    Everyone would know that the only reason the Cowboys are considering such a deal is because they don't think they can handle Bryant's attitude. That's one red flag. The fact that he didn't make it through his entire rookie season without getting hurt is another red flag. Two red flags do not equal a huge bountry via trade unless, again, Jones is on the other side of the deal.

    This should generate a lot of fun discussion but the above paragraph is just one reason why this deal is impossible. There's also the fact that Jones didn't give him number 88 so that he could trade him after one year and, perhaps most important of all, the fact that the Cowboys offense doesn't have nearly enough playmakers to survive without Bryant.

    Put all of it together and we're 99 percent sure that this deal isn't happening. That final one percent, call it the JerryPercent if you like, will never go away, however, which means we aren't going to be surprised if we're proven wrong.

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