Jerry Jones won't go through Crabtree mess with Bryant

Jerry Jones is not going to walk the same path the San Francisco 49ers did a year ago.

He’s not even going to come close to it.

Michael Crabtree, the 10th pick in the draft last year by the 49ers, didn’t come around to signing his contract until Oct. 7. The parallels between him and Dez Bryant, the first-round pick of Jones and the Dallas Cowboys, are numerous. For starters, they both are represented by powerful agent Eugene Parker. Bryant counts Dallas area bail bondsman David Wells as a close advisor. Wells, who is a cousin of Crabtree, played that same role for the former Texas Tech star.

But I would expect Jones and the Cowboys to have their business with Bryant knocked out before training camp begins. One of the things that held up Crabtree last season was his insistence that he deserved to be paid higher than the slot. Another factor was the front office in San Francisco. Bryant isn’t going to be able finagle money out of the slot at No. 24, and Jones is going to want his prized receiver in the fold on time.

We’re predicting now a smooth negotiation to get Bryant in on time even if, on the outside, it looks like it could be Crabtree all over again.

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