A Detailed Look At Dez Bryant’s Net Worth And Career Achievements So Far

Net Worth:
$7 million
Salary:$1 million
Income Sources:Football Career, Endorsements, Other Business
Age/Date of Birth:
32 years old (4 November 1988)
Height:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality:American
Last Updated:
2021

An American football wide receiver, Dez Bryant has been a part of the National Football League since 2010. He has played for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and currently with the Baltimore Ravens. Having spent a decade in the league, it is not difficult to see how he has been able to accumulate a net worth of $7 million.

Even though his career has been plagued by several injuries, one of which saw him miss the entire 2018 season, Dez has remained relevant enough to keep earning as a professional footballer. Analysts might be quick to point out that his earning power at the moment isn’t significant compared to other wide receivers but that wouldn’t change the fact that Bryant is a multi-millionaire.

How Dez Bryant Built His $7 Million Net Worth

He Has Earned Almost $58 Million from His NFL Career

How much would a player like Dez Bryant be worth? Quite a lot, if his career record is any indication. In his rookie year, Bryant’s five-year contract with the Cowboys was worth $12 million with about $8.4 million guaranteed.

His 2015 contract renewal with the Cowboys, worth $70 million, landed him a spot among the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2016, according to Forbes. The contract came with $45 million of the total worth guaranteed and an extra $20 million as a signing bonus. $7 million of this bonus was deferred to March 2016.

His one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 was worth a nice $1.25 million and in 2020, he made another one-year pact. This time it was with the Baltimore Ravens and the deal was worth $1,050,000.

Dez Bryant’s Salary: How Much Does He Make a Year?

  • 2010 – $2,840,000
  • 2011 – $1,362,500
  • 2012 – $3,770,500
  • 2013 – $1,807,500
  • 2014 – $2,030,000
  • 2015 – 16 Million
  • 2016 – $16 Million
  • 2017 – $13 Million
  • 2018 – $588,235
  • 2019 – Nil (He spent the season rehabilitate and training)
  • 2020 – $521,881
  • 2021 – ?

The Wide Receiver Earned as Much as $500,000 a Year from Endorsements at the Peak of His Career

Being one of the finest wide receivers in the NFL at the peak of his career, it was only natural Dez attracted top brands that needed him to promote their services and products.

Dez Bryant enjoyed endorsement deals with Nike’s Jordan brand, BodyArmor, and Panini. The deal with BodyArmor happened in January 2016. It was aimed at spreading awareness about the brand’s sports drink in Texas.

He also became a shareholder in the company as part of the deal. In total, he earned $23.5 million in 2016 and around $500,000 came from endorsements.

Royalties from Merchandise and His Apparel Line Added to His Wealth 

Even with the many injuries he suffered, Bryant’s merchandise sales were once the fifth-highest in the league, topping sales amongst non-quarterbacks. What players make from merchandise sale varies and there are no records of what Dez pocket from this. Nonetheless, no one needs to be told the amount involved isn’t insignificant.

In addition to that, the NFL star launched his brand and apparel line called ThrowUpTheX sometime in August 2014. Again, records of his sales aren’t available to the public, making it difficult for anyone to tell what he has made from the venture. However, ThrowUpThex certainly threw a few thousands of dollars or even millions to his fortune he enjoys.

List of the Major Sources of Dez’s Wealth

  • NFL salaries
  • Endorsement deals
  • Royalties from merchandise
  • Income from his apparel line – ThrowUpTheX

Dez Bryant Has Lost Good Money to Legal Issues

The NFL player has had a troubled personal life and some of the issues he faced saw him lose some money. An instance was in June 2016 when he was dragged to court by Royce West, a senator from Texas. It was alleged that Dez damaged a rental house in DeSoto, Texas and that the damages amounted to $60,000.

It was said that the senator was seeking between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages from Bryant. Hardly can anyone tell how the case ended.

Years earlier, precisely in March 2011, Dez was dragged to court for a massive $861,350. As it was reported, the amount was for a piece of jewelry he got on credit while he was a student and legal fees. He had to part with no less than $400,000 to resolve the case before court proceedings began.

The NFL Player Was Worth More than $7 Million Years Ago

For a player who has earned almost $58 million from his NFL salaries alone, Dez’s $7 million net worth raises a lot of questions about what he does with his money. Apart from the legal issue he faced, reports suggest he indulges in reckless spending.

A good example of the claim was when he newly joined the NLF. To take part in the rookie ritual, he was required to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads. Dez Bryant didn’t want to do this so he was given an alternative: to take the team out for dinner.

The team went for the dinner and Dez had to part with $54,896. Many regard this as a hint at poor money management and his net worth has reflected this over the years.

A Look At His Net Worth Over the Years

  • 2010 – $1 Million
  • 2012 – $1.5 Million
  • 2014 – $2 Million
  • 2015 – $10 Million
  • 2016 – $18 Million
  • 2019 – $4 Million
  • 2020 – $7 Million

The Footballer Spends His Money on Luxury Cars

People have always wondered what the NFL player does with his money. While we may never get an elaborate answer to that, we can tell he has spent millions acquiring luxury cars. Below is a list of some of the cars he has collected.

  • Rolls Royce Wraith
  • Ford F-150 Raptor
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Bentley Continental GT

Dez Bryant’s College Years

Dez Bryant attended Oklahoma State University, where he played with the Oklahoma State Cowboys team from 2007 to 2009. In his freshman year, which is also his first season with the Cowboys, Bryant’s record of 43 receptions for 622 yards and six touchdowns in twelve games earned him the second rank on the team by the end of the season. However, by his sophomore year, Bryant really pushed the envelope with his achievements.

By the end of the season, Dez Bryant had 87 receptions for 1,480 yards, 19 touchdowns, and two punt returns for touchdowns. With his skills and performance, he led the Cowboys to a Holiday Bowl appearance against the Oregon Ducks from the University of Oregon. Despite making 13 receptions for 167 yards and a receiving touchdown, the Cowboys lost the match 42 – 31.

Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant in the Oklahoma Cowboys

His 2009 season was mired in controversy though. On October 7, he was suspended after violating an NCAA bylaw by failing to fully disclose a meeting he had with former NFL player, Deion Sanders, to the NCAA. Dez Bryant got to play only three games in the season, posting a stat line of 323 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, and a punt return touchdown. Considered the best wide receiver in 2009, Bryant was deemed a potential Heisman Trophy winner if not for the suspension.

Professional Career with The Dallas Cowboys

The 2010-2014 Seasons

By November 2009, Bryant announced he would enter the 2010 NFL Draft, thereby foregoing his senior season at Oklahoma State. Believed to be the best wide receiver available, he was targeted by several teams, including the Denver Broncos. Because of some character concerns, the receiver ranking in the draft dropped until he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys. He signed a five-year rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Mainly playing a support role for the team’s offense, Bryant had a well-received rookie season with 45 receptions for 561 yards and six receiving touchdowns.

In the 2011 season, Dez Bryant showcased his skills and proved his worth as an NFL draft first-round pick. Cementing his place as an upcoming star and valuable player in both the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL as a whole, he recorded season stats of 63 receptions for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. The 2012 season was one of Bryant’s best, with end-of-season stats of 92 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. This season also marked his personal best for yards received. The season wasn’t without its little downs though, as he fumbled the ball five times and lost it twice in his turnover issues.

In 2013, Bryant appeared in his first Pro Bowl season, finishing as one of the league’s top players. With 1,233 receiving yards, the wide receiver ended the season with 13 touchdowns and 93 receptions. Working as quarterback Tony Romo’s primary weapon, Bryant ended up an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys’ offense in the season. This success continued to the 2014 season, where Bryant appeared in the year’s Pro Bowl season. He finished the season with 88 receptions in 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The 2015-2017 Seasons

By the beginning of the 2015 season, Dez Bryant re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys. The wide receiver and the NFL team came to a new five-year contract. This seemed like a bright outlook for Bryant’s future with the Dallas Cowboys until the receiver was hit with an unfortunate foot injury that had him on the sideline for seven games.

By the end of the season, Bryant had stats of 401 receiving yards, 31 catches, and three touchdowns. The 2016 and 2017 seasons weren’t as top-notch as a typical good year for Bryant would be. Combined, Bryant finished with 119 receptions, 1,634 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns. By April 2018, the Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant from his contract with the team.

Dez Bryant with the New Orleans Saints

Nine weeks into the 2018 season, specifically on November 1, 2018, Dez Bryant and the New Orleans Saints were able to reach an agreement; he signed a one-year deal. Misfortune would find the wide receiver again, as just two days after signing the new deal, Bryant tore his Achilles tendon while training with the team. The injury was confirmed with an MRI scan as so severe Bryant had to be placed on injured reserve. The entire season ended without Dez playing a single game.

By 2019, Dez Bryant announced he would go into rehabilitation to train during the 2019 season.

He Currently Plays for the Baltimore Ravens

It was in October 2020 that he became an official member of the team. From the practice squad, he was promoted to join the active roster in November. He played for the team in a few games and was able to conclude the season with six receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns.

Dez missed the whole 2018 season after he tore his heel cord during practice and then spent most of the 2019 season rehabilitating and training. So, he’s looking to reintroduce himself to the league and become the fierce wide receiver he once was.

His Аwаrdѕ & Асhіеvеmеnts

Though he has missed several games, and even an entire season, to both injuries and a suspension earlier in his career, Dez Bryant has still been able to play the sport so well he has been honored with several awards over the years.

  • He was awаrdеd thе Ѕесоnd-tеаm Frеѕhmаn Аll-Аmеrіса in 2007.
  • In 2008, he was awаrdеd thе Fіrѕt-tеаm Аll-Аmеrіса by AFCA-Coaches, Associated Press, Walter Camp, Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, and Sports Illustrated.
  • 2010 saw the wide receiver nаmеd tо thе NFL Аll-Rооkіе Теаm.
  • Іn 2013, Вrуаnt entered the NFL Top 100 Players at number 35.
  • The same year, he also appeared in his first Pro Bowl.
  • Dez Bryant worked up the ranks in 2014 when he was placed 25th оn thе NFL Тор 100 Рlауеrѕ оf 2014.
  • He was picked as а Fіrѕt-tеаm Аll-Рrо рlауеr іn thе same year.
  • Іn 2015, the wide receiver was 15th оn thе NFL Тор 100 Рlауеrѕ оf 2015.
  • By 2016, he got ranked as the 51st оn thе NFL Тор 100 Рlауеrѕ оf 2016.
  • Then by 2017, Bryant remained in the Top 100 Players by ranking 60th.

Dez Bryant’s Franchise Records With the Dallas Cowboys

  • He achieved the most games with at least two receiving touchdowns in a single season, which happened in four games; twice in 2012 and 2014.
  • He also had the most games with at least two receiving touchdowns in his career. This amounts to 15 games total, a record he ties with former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Bob Hayes.
  • Dez Bryant had seven consecutive games with a receiving touchdown, a record he ties with Terrell Owens, Bob Hayes, and Frank Clarke.

Profile Summary 
First Name:Desmond
Last Name:Bryant
Estimated Net Worth:
$7 million
Salary:$1 million
Source of Wealth:Football Career, Endorsements, Other business
Last Updated:
2021
Also Known As:
Dez
Sex/Gender:
Male
Profession:
Football Wide Receiver
Famous For:NFL Free agent
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Oklahoma State University
Educational Qualifications:
N/A
Religion:
Unknown
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
32 years old (4 November 1988)
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio
Birth Place:
Galveston County, Texas
Nationality:American
Ethnicity/Race:
African-American
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
Height:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:
220 lb (100 kg)
Eye Colour:
Black
Hair Color:
Black
Other Body Measurements:
N/A
Relationships
Marital Status:
Single
Spouse/Partner:
N/A
Family and Relatives
Father:
MacArthur Hatton
Mother:Angela Bryant
Children:
Zayne Bryant, IZayne Bryant, Dez Bryant Jr.
Siblings:2 sisters - Lyeddia Hattoni and Ebony Hatton
2 Brothers- Shaun Hatton, Deon Htton
Other Relatives:
N/A

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Ikenna Nwobodo
Ikenna has been writing or editing for several websites and publications for over 4 years, When he is not writing, he likes taking adventures, playing the piano or singing, and hanging out with friends.

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