Dez Bryant Signs with Jay Z's Roc Nation Agency

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 5

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, more than just one agent will be assisting Dez Bryant in his quest for a new contract: 

While Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has switched agents, leaving Eugene Parker for Kim Miale of Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports Agency, renowned agent Tom Condon also will handle some contract negotiations, according to a source. 

Roc Nation is an arm of CAA Sports, and Condon's relationship with the Cowboys has been positive in the past. 

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Agency to help negotiate his next contract.    

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news, and the official Twitter of Roc Nation confirmed the report:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Dez Bryant, in last year of his deal, has joined forces with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, sources say, hiring company to negotiate his next contract.

Roc Nation @RocNation

A warm welcome to the newest member of the #RocNationSports family, @DezBryant! #ThrowUpTheX http://t.co/UpiTIvxaLh

Joel Corry of NationalFootballPost.com weighed in with his take on the move and the potential impact:

Joel Corry @corryjoel

Dez Bryant's agent change doesn't mean he's leaving Dallas. He'll get franchised for almost $13M before DeMarco Murray is for close to $11M.

Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be looking for a long-term deal. The wide receiver and the organization had been negotiating a new contract, but Bryant shut down discussions when the regular season began, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Sources: #Cowboys & WR Dez Bryant did not reach a contract extension by his self-imposed deadline. None is expected. He’s in a contract year

Bryant will make a hefty sum with his next contract after blossoming into a top star over his first five seasons in the NFL. In 67 career games with Dallas, Bryant has 341 receptions for 4,724 yards and 45 touchdowns.

At just 25 years old (he will be 26 on Nov. 4), Bryant is a game-changer and a building block that could lead the Cowboys franchise into the future.

With other key players like Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray in place, retaining Bryant as a top wideout would certainly help keep Dallas' offense potent in the coming seasons.

*Stats via NFL.com.