- Created on Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:45
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
That will be when the defending NFC East champions will start working towards being the first team to play—and win—a Super Bowl that they are hosting.
With camp approaching they were hoping to have all the pieces to the puzzle report on time and it now looks as if that will be the case.
Dez Bryant had mentioned early in the offseason that he had every intention of reporting to camp on time. However, with less than a week till it was time to report to camp in San Antonio he and the team had not even begun negotiations. When they finally did on Tuesday, both the Cowboys and Bryant were still confident that a deal would be made in time.
That optimism paid off; by Thursday the team announced that a deal had been agreed upon. Bryant’s deal is going to be for five years, $11.8 million, and with $8.5 million guaranteed.
The former Oklahoma State wide receiver was the 24th pick in the draft and the first pick from the first round to come to terms. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys thought enough of him that they traded up three places in order to get him.
Bryant missed out on most of the 2009 college season due to a controversy surrounding his activities with former NFL player Deion Sanders. In his time in college he caught 147 passes for 2425 yards (in 27 games).
Now with all the pieces expected to be in camp on time the Cowboys are looking to do the impossible and get to the Super Bowl that they are hosting. In the history of the game only a handful of teams have even made the playoffs the same year they were hosting the big game.
The journey will begin with a couple weeks of practice in the friendly, air-conditioned confines of the Alamodome in San Antonio before travelling to Canton, Ohio, to play in the Hall of Fame game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
After that they will go back to Cowboys Stadium for more practice and another preseason contest, this one with the Oakland Raiders. Following the game the Cowboys will be headed for Oxnard, California for two weeks and a game with the San Diego Chargers.
Their preseason road trip ends in Houston against the Texans with their final preseason match up against the Miami Dolphins.
Then the real work begins with their hated rival, the Washington Redskins in Week One.