Dez Bryant currently a bargain for Cowboys

IRVING, Texas – Not that Dez Bryant's new representatives at Roc Nation and CAA need any help in their negotiations for a new deal for the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, but ESPN Stats & Information has come up with a compelling argument that the Cowboys are currently more than getting their money’s worth on Bryant.

Bryant carries a $3.148 million salary-cap figure, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Among the 40 wide receivers with a salary-cap hit of at least $3 million, Bryant is the biggest bargain when using receiving touchdowns as a measurement. According to NFLPA figures, Bryant carries a $3.898-million cap figure, which would take his cap hit per receiving TD number to $476,225, which would still be the best bargain.

Bryant has eight touchdown catches, costing the Cowboys $394,000 in salary-cap money. The next closest is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Bryant, whose nine touchdowns cost an average of $502,000.

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson has one touchdown catch and a salary-cap hit of $15.6 million.

Determining Bryant’s worth: Bryant has 48 touchdown catches in his career, which is the fifth most by a receiver in their first five seasons since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. With five touchdown catches in the final six games, only Jerry Rice (66) and Randy Moss (60) would have more.

Bryant vs. Johnson: In the last decade only Calvin Johnson has that many TD catches in his first five seasons. Johnson signed an eight-year, $132 million extension in March 2012 that included a $16 million signing bonus. Bryant has 13 more touchdown catches than Johnson since Megatron signed that mega deal.

In the last three years, Bryant has one more catch than Johnson (241 to 240) and more touchdowns (33 to 20). Johnson has more yards (3,976 to 3,408).