Dez Bryant's next payday 

May, 8, 2013
The free-agent value of an NFL wide receiver often has as much to do with what other comparable wideouts earned previously as it does with his statistical production on the field. With that in mind,'s Calvin Watkins took a look at what Victor Cruz is trying to get from the New York Giants as an RFA to help determine what Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant might earn when his turn comes up after 2014.

"Cruz was tendered by the Giants at $2.8 million but wants a long-term deal averaging close to $10 million a season. The Giants want him to average less than that," Watkins wrote.

"... The Cowboys need to be cautious what they pay Bryant because of his questionable decisions off the field -- which, in fairness, don't seem to be an issue anymore -- and what the top receivers make. Larry Fitzgerald ($16.1 million), Calvin Johnson ($15.6 million), Andre Johnson ($14.4 million), Mike Wallace ($12 million) and Dwayne Bowe ($11.2 million) are at the top of the average salaries per seasons for wide receivers. Does Cruz belong at that level? What about Bryant?"