Deion Sanders: Why Aren't Witten & Beasley Asked To Take Pay Cuts?

Josh Clark
March 28, 2018 - 11:45 am
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders wanted to unleash some "truth and fire" on a radio show Wednesday morning and 105.3 The Fan was there to oblige.

"I feel like talking junk on a radio show for a few minutes. Who want it. I got Truth and Fire what ya want? Send me the #. I'm calling in Live right now! Let's go yall. I keeps it 100! Truth," Sanders said on Twitter.

Roy White from Shan & RJ replied, and boom, Primetime was calling in a few minutes later. 

So what "truth and fire" did Deion want to talk about? He said he was wide open, so of course, the guys jumped right into the number one topic of the offseason in Dallas, Dez Bryant.

"The Cowboys have been playing some games in the media so what should happen with Dez," Shan Shariff asked Sanders.

"Do you have any alternate that's better than Dez? So, what's the problem? You're asking Dez to take a pay cut but you aren't asking Witten, Cole Beasley, or any of these other dudes to take a pay cut. How is that possible," Deion questioned. "Cole Beasley and what's the other little guy's name that look just like Cole Beasley (Ryan Switzer)? Aren't they the same guy? Why do we have two of the same guys on the same team?

"Now, Dez may not be the Dez Bryant of several years ago but Dez still is one of the best in the game. Your offense has been sputtering, therefore his statistics have taken a hit...

"This is what's probably going to go down ... If you wait until June (to cut Bryant), you're going to get benefits with the salary cap, correct? Then, he's not going to have a market to go and get his money. Now, that's a problem," Sanders said. "So, this is like a contest now. Who's going do what? Who's going to force the other's hand? And I don't like the way this is playing out because if you're asking Dez to take a cut, you need to bring Witten and a few of those other ones in there too."

When asked what he would say to the common opinion that recently signed wide receiver Allen Hurns is a younger and cheaper version of Bryant, Sanders went after the rest of the Cowboys receiving core, notably Terrance Williams.

"You already got Hurns. First of all, all you need was a two. You never had a two. You have distant three's (number 3 receivers). And I'm telling you the truth, man. (If) you double Dez in certain situations, who's going to come up with the catch for you? Who can you count on?

"Now, there's Witten. But Witten can't get vertical anymore to stretch the field for you. Five yards turn around and sit down, ten yards turn around and sit down. Cool, that moves the chains. But when you're playing against sophisticated defenses and guys that really know this game that you now have in your division, you have a problem."

On Tuesday evening, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told media members that he hoped to have a discussion with Bryant in the next week or two. 

“We need to talk, and I certainly have not had a thought about talking with him that did not anticipate him being with us,” Jones said, via DallasCowboys.com. 

Jones wouldn't speculate on what the two would discuss but they will presumably talk about his $16.5 million cap hit. 

In regards to Witten and Cole Beasley's contracts, the tight end just restructured his deal to save the Cowboys $3 million in cap space. Beasley's contract carries a cap hit of $4.25 million. 

Sanders also touched on many other topics related to the Cowboys and the offseason. Listen to the audio below for the rest of his interview on 105.3 The Fan.