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Dez Bryant: Would Dallas Cowboys Help Themselves by Trading Bryant?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 1:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts to get by Jacquian Williams #57 of the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Tom FirmeAnalyst IIJanuary 18, 2012

Dez Bryant found himself in hot water when he was involved in an altercation at a Miami nightclub. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was detained by police afterward but wasn't arrested. While some might suggest dumping Bryant after two years and the latest of several incidents, giving up on Bryant would be a bad idea for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.

The incident in Miami caught headlines but may not be much more serious than anything else in a long line of episodes involving the up-and-coming wide receiver. Bryant was at a club in Miami when he became entangled in a verbal dispute with members of a rapper's entourage.

Police detained Bryant, but, as ESPNDallas/Fort Worth reported, they were simply following protocol for incidents involving famous people.

Bryant has been a handful for Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. He has faced large amounts of debt, been banned from a mall for his sagging pants and had a run-in with the police when he refused to move his car out of a fire lane.

That's the police-blotter mentions of Bryant.

He has been a bit of a mess when it comes to Cowboys team business. Bryant showed up late for Cowboys training camp last summer, prompting Jason Garrett to lock him out of a team meeting. Also, Jones hired a firm to take care of Bryant's finances.

While monitoring Bryant's spending may not be Jones' favorite part of running the Cowboys, he surely takes it in stride.

Jones isn't one to become distressed dealing with high-maintenance players like Bryant. Besides, Jones prides himself on cultivating personalities, both on the Cowboys and in his oil ventures. Jones has taken up such personalities as Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders and Terrell Owens.

In Bryant's rookie year, Jones didn't get him acclimated as well as one might have hoped. He didn't have a mentor in the receiving corps. Now, Bryant has a mentor in David Wells. Wells responded to the Miami incident by telling Bryant to "bring his a-- back to Dallas," as noted in the aforementioned ESPNDallas/Fort Worth article.

Anyway, Jones seems more concerned with the production of his current personality in Bryant. Indeed, Bryant is producing. He had 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns, second on the Cowboys in each category. While he didn't put up amazing numbers, Bryant remained one of Tony Romo's primary targets and improved substantially upon his rookie season.

Trading Bryant would do no good. NFL trades rarely bring player-for-player equity. Trading Bryant for a draft pick might bring a second- or third-round pick. However, Bryant would likely bring more in the next three years than anyone the Cowboys would draft with the acquired pick.

Embracing Bryant would be a much safer route than getting rid of him. The Cowboys would retain a talented wide receiver who can give them at least a few very good years. Bryant would more likely thrive in an environment in Dallas where he has support than in a new environment where he might not have guidance.

Other teams might not be willing to take time with him. Bryant might be hard pressed to find a new mentor, considering Wells likely wouldn't move to provide day-to-day support for him. Also, almost no one other than Jones would be as kind as to find financial direction for Bryant.

Jones and the Cowboys organization will likely take the incident in stride and move on with the offseason. Hopefully for Bryant, the offseason will be peaceful.

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