Cowboys still keeping Dez Bryant on short leash

Following his tumultuous 2012 offseason, the Cowboys put into place a strict set of conduct rules for Dez Bryant, hoping to keep the mercurial receiver out of trouble.

It’s worked beautifully to this point. And it’s not changing.

According to ESPNDallas.com, owner Jerry Jones confirmed the team is still enforcing the rules on Bryant.

“He doesn’t need to drop his guard,” Jones said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “In some respect, none of us do.”

Bryant’s long list of guidelines includes a midnight curfew, no alcohol consumption, no strip club visits, and mandatory counseling sessions twice a week. He also has a three-man security crew with him at all times.

It may seem like drastic steps to take with a 25-year-old man, but Bryant is an invaluable asset to the Cowboys, despite his recent penchant for throwing sideline tantrums.

As long as he keeps his nose clean, the massively talented wideout, who hauled in 13 touchdowns last season, will continue to dominate the league.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).