Why'd Cowboys Bryant Split With Agent?

ARLINGTON - Dez Bryant has parted ways with agent Eugene Parker, suggesting acrimony ... somewhere. But does the conflict behind the split involve player vs. agent, Dez vs. Cowboys ... or more? Inside, we've got the latest:

Amazingly, it was just a year-and-a-half ago that Dez Bryant's "handlers'' didn't allow him to speak to the media, that they themselves manufactured the "Dez Rules'' and then peddled them to the public as "Jerry's idea,'' that this blossoming superstar was kept in a cocoon for ostensible fear of what he might say or do.

That Dez Bryant doesn't exist anymore. And that's part of the reason Eugene Parker doesn't exist as Dez' agent anymore.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver has indeed parted ways with Parker, as first reported by FOXSports.com. The Cowboys have been aware of the split since Oct. 23, i'm told, and sources add that the team awaits word on Bryant's decision on future representation (which can be arranged no earlier than Wednesday) as the parties attempt to move forward on an eventually contract extension for the free agent to be.

At the end of training camp, Bryant, 25, announced he did not wish to negotiate a long-term deal once the season began. It is not known whether that was a concept created by Bryant or by Parker, who have split up before during the star player's career.

Whether it was ever a good idea is also up for debate, as the notion that contract negotiations might be a "distraction'' don't necessarily add up any more than the notion that playing without a contract a player thinks he's earned is a "distraction.''

I bet Dez' next agent will see that.

What is clear is Dez' talent ... and Bryant's view of his talents. ... a view the organization has little argument with.

“I believe a player should get paid what he deserves,'' Bryant said. "If I’m top five, I’m top five. If I’m top three, I’m top three. If I’m top two, I’m top two. It is what it is.”

Bryant is presently making a base salary of $1.78 million this season, and like the Cowboys, is well aware of ways for a $100-million deal to be constructed, as it was for teammate Tyron Smith during the summer. There are no indications yet that the lack of progress towards a new deal is central to the breakup, but rather that Bryant is taking greater charge of his affairs, desiring representation that is more "hands-on'' than Parker, and wishes to make certain his fortune is being managed responsibly.

Parker is not the guy who rolls up his sleeves and camps at Valley Ranch. He has staffers who get involved in that ... underlings with their own ideas, styles and salaries.

Bryant hired Parker when he came out of Oklahoma State for the 2010 NFL draft, switched to Drew Rosenhaus in 2011, and then switched back to Parker, best known for having represented Deion Sanders.

Bryant made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, catching 93 balls for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's on a similar pace this season, with 45 catches, 590 yards and four TDs for the 7-1 Cowboys.

It's worth exploring whether there are those inside Valley Ranch who prefer Bryant be associated with another agent, but in the end, team COO Stephen Jones' recent words still ring true.

"We are totally committed to making Dez Bryant a Cowboy for life,'' Jones said ... and that's the feeling no matter who Bryant chooses as an agent.

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