Cowboys, Bryant start contract talks

Updated: July 21, 2010, 1:58 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys have opened contract talks with first-round draft pick Dez Bryant, who said earlier this summer that his goal was to report to training camp on time.

Players report to camp Friday in San Antonio, and the Cowboys will hold their first practices Saturday. Cowboys officials do not comment on current contract negotiations.

Bryant was the 24th overall pick of the draft and the second wide receiver taken. With the Cowboys starting camp early, it's difficult to determine the going rate for draft picks in the low 20s.

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry -- last year's No. 24 draft pick -- signed a five-year, $13.25 million contract with $7.55 million guaranteed.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was the fourth receiver taken in 2009 with the No. 22 selection, earned $8.5 million guaranteed.

Michael Crabtree was the second receiver taken in 2009 -- with the No. 10 pick by the San Francisco 49ers -- and he signed a six-year deal for $32 million after a holdout that lasted into October. That deal, worth about $17 million in guaranteed money, could increase to $40 million if certain incentives are met.

Bryant is represented by agent Eugene Parker, who also represents Crabtree.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones recently said it shouldn't be difficult to sign players -- especially Bryant, because the team has a good relationship with Parker, whose clients include Felix Jones and Anthony Spencer. Mike Jenkins' contract also was handled by Parker.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys signed offensive tackle Sam Young and defensive end Sean Lissemore to four-year contracts. Terms were not disclosed Tuesday.

Dallas on Tuesday also released undrafted rookie free agent nose tackle Junior Aumavae and linebacker Donovan Woods, who signed to the team's practice squad last November.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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