18 days remain for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and the organization to make a franchise tag turn into a long-term deal. After endless months of visibly no communication between the two sides, ESPN’s Todd Archer has reported that Bryant’s agent met with the Cowboys to discuss contract talks “at some point within the last week”.
Although a meeting is good signs for the Cowboys Nation, there is still a great chance that a deal will not get done before the deadline. Bryant is looking for a deal with a high amount of guaranteed money, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is looking for a more “team-friendly” contract.
After the July 15th deadline, the two sides can only agree to a one year deal. The Cowboys could offer more than the $12.8 million that came from the original franchise tag deal, which is a strong possibility.
Bryant continues to threaten to miss the regular season opener against the New York Giants, but is he bluffing? That doesn’t seem like a chance I’d personally want to take on a once in a generation type of receiver. NBC Sports reported that Dez could miss gaining up to $750k for every regular season game he missed, so how much does money really play into this?
The money has very little importance to Dez Bryant, It’s about loyalty. Dez had record-breaking numbers last season and he feels as though he has earned every penny. Jerry Jones needs to wake up and pay the man, whatever the cost. The Cowboys not only may lose the NFC East without Bryant on the team, but they could potentially miss the playoffs after doing so well last season with a 12-4 record.