IRVING, Texas » Wide receiver Dez Bryant has agreed on terms of a contract with the Dallas Cowboys, making the Oklahoma State star the first of this year’s NFL first-round picks with a deal.
Bryant’s contract is for $11.8 million over five years, with at least $8.3 million guaranteed.
The Cowboys announced the deal in a news release yesterday, a day before they report to training camp in San Antonio. The first workout is tomorrow.
"This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice," Bryant said in a statement released by the team. "I want to help this team. I want to compete. I can’t wait to start playing football again."
Bryant played only three games for Oklahoma State last season, then was dogged by all sorts of questions about his integrity, starting with an NCAA suspension for lying to investigators about a meeting with former Cowboys star Deion Sanders.
Saints re-sign DE McCray
Defensive end Bobby McCray is returning to New Orleans only one month after the Saints unexpectedly waived him.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says McCray signed a one-year contract yesterday, the same day fifth-round draft choice Matt Tennant signed a four-year deal.
McCray, a six-year veteran, was with the Saints the past two seasons, playing in all 32 regular season games and started eight.
Bentley sues Browns
Former Cleveland Browns center LeCharles Bentley sued the team yesterday over a career-ending staph infection he says he contracted at the team’s training facility.
Bentley’s attorney, Shannon Polk, said the lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court seeks at least $25,000 in damages for alleged fraud and negligent misrepresentation. Bentley could seek more money in court.
"They told him their facility was the best," Polk said. "But they never told him about a host of unsanitary conditions there. And they never told him about the list of others who contracted staph before he chose to rehab there."
Baltimore Ravens backup cornerback Cary Williams has been suspended by the NFL for two games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the violation occurred while Williams was playing for the Tennessee Titans.
Williams was with the Titans in 2008 and at the outset of last season.
Bills place TE on IR
The Buffalo Bills have placed tight end Joe Klopfenstein on injured reserve a week before the start of training camp.
The Bills provided no details on Klopfenstein’s injury. The Bills open camp on July 29 in suburban Rochester.
49er pleads not guilty
San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence.
McDonald was arrested June 12 after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over in his black BMW on Interstate 280 for allegedly driving 94 mph. His blood-alcohol content was not released.
If convicted, the 25-year-old could face a maximum of six months in jail.