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Cowboys' Dez Bryant says he deserves to be paid like an elite receiver, hard to disagree

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Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant wants to sign a long-term contract extension before this season.

He definitely has earned it.

"Yeah, I deserve it," Bryant told ESPNDallas.com. "I deserve it. I feel like I do. I put the work in. But I let that kind of stuff take care of itself. It is what it is. I let my agent talk about it and give me some feedback."

The only feedback Eugene Parker, Bryant’s agent, should relay is how much his client will earn and when the contract can be signed. Outside of that, there really is not much to talk about.

Bryant has emerged into one of the NFL best receivers after the past two seasons. He has compiled 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns since 2012. Bryant has missed only two games during that time span. Overall, Bryant has 4,104 yards and 40 receptions in four NFL seasons.

A former first-round pick, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Bryant is slated to earn $1.78 million, plus a $250,000 workout bonus, this season. Bryant is underpaid compared to other elite receivers.

Brandon Marshall recently signed a three-year, $30 million extension with Chicago, which made him the seventh receiver to have an average contract value worth at least $10 million. The other receivers are Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, Seattle’s Percy Harvin, Miami’s Mike Wallace, Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe and Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson.

Dallas could place its franchise tag on Bryant next year as a last resort, but Bryant hinted he might be willing to give the Cowboys a hometown discount (probably not what his agent wanted to hear).

"I'm loyal to the squad," Bryant told ESPNDallas.com. "I've always been. Me and my agent are going to talk about [a hometown discount]. We'll talk about it. You know, this is big. This is life-changing. Like I said, I've done everything asked of me, and we'll see what happens."

The only thing left for Bryant to see is large contract from the Cowboys in front of him.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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