Jerry tells Dez to keep his guard up

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Before the start of the 2012 season, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant agreed to a strict set of conduct rules. They were set up by Bryant and his adviser David Wells in consultation with team officials.

Two years in, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the rules should remain in place.

"He doesn't need to drop his guard," Jones said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "In some respect, none of us do."

Jones' comments brought about laughter during his chat with beat writers.

Bryant must adhere the following guidelines:

  • A midnight curfew. If he's going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance.

  • No alcohol.

  • He can't attend strip clubs and can attend nightclubs only if they are approved by the team and he has a security team with him.

  • He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.

  • A rotating three-man security team will leave one man with Bryant at all times.

  • Members of the security team will drive Bryant to practices, games and team functions.

If Bryant breaks any of the rules, he must have a legitimate excuse. If so, team officials are in contact with him quickly.

The rules stem from a difficult 2012 offseason in which Bryant was charged with allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela Bryant. The receiver was charged with a Class A misdemeanor by the DeSoto, Texas, police department.

The Dallas County district attorney's office dropped the charges against Bryant and made two stipulations: Bryant must agree to counseling sessions, and he must stay out of trouble for one year. That was accomplished.

The only controversy Bryant seems to find these days is on the field, but team officials cite his passionate nature. Bryant got into a nasty spat with tight end Jason Witten during a loss to the Detroit Lions last season and left the field before another loss with the Green Bay Packers was over.

Bryant said he made mistakes in both instances and apologized to Witten and his teammates.

"But as far as his ability to help us win as a player, he is an established player," Jones said.