Emmitt Smith Says Dez Deserves a New Contract

Dez Bryant is set to enter his fifth season in the NFL

The Dallas Cowboys have made it clear that getting wide receiver Dez Bryant a new contract is among their top priorities. Based on what he’s seen out of Bryant over the past few years, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith believes a new deal is well deserved.

"I believe he is maturing," Smith said this week, per FOX Sports Southwest. "I think he's very passionate about football, wants to win very badly. I think he has matured over the recent years. I think he has earned the right for a brand new contract. Will it come this season? That remains to be seen. I think performance itself is going to dictate what's next for Dez Bryant."

Bryant’s performance last season goes a long way in explaining why the Cowboys view him as such a priority. He recorded 93 catches for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning his first career Pro Bowl nod in the process.

"I'm not just talking, I really do let that stuff take care of itself, because I care about this game," Bryant said of his contract status. "I'm not going to be out here, sitting out and doing all that crazy stuff. I'm just going to play football. If it's deserved, it will come."

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