As if the DeAndre Jordan saga wasn’t enough, there is still more drama coming out of Dallas, as Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant informed the team today, that he will not report to training camp and he will sit out regular season games unless he and the Cowboys and can reach an agreement on a new long term deal.
This is the last thing that the Cowboys, Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones wanted to hear today. Bryant had threatened to sit out games before, but he was seen on the sideline during OTA’s and he also participated in individual drills so it didn’t appear that the Jones’s took his previous threat as serious as they should have.
Watch: Jerry Jones Discuss Bryant’s contract situation from a few weeks ago
Bryant and his representatives met face-to-face with the Cowboys right before the fourth of July holiday weekend. There was speculation that a new deal would have been announced right after the holiday weekend, but contract negotiations went cold and they never really picked back up, causing Bryant to take the actions that he did earlier today.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN Bryant called Stephen Jones personally today and informed him and the Cowboys of where he stands on wanting to get a long term deal done. As it appears now, Bryant means business, he is not messing around and he shouldn’t have to.
He wants to get paid as a top player in the league and he should get paid like that, as he has proved to be an elite superstar in the NFL and if the Cowboys want Bryant playing in games in 2015 rather than watching, they have until Wednesday at 4:00pm to get a new long term deal with Bryant completed.
Bryant is due to make $12.8 million this season under franchise tag. That money does not really matter to Bryant as he wants long term security from the Cowboys and the Cowboys owe it to him.
Unlike DeMarco Murray, Bryant is irreplaceable. He has the most receiving touchdowns in the NFL since 2011 and his numbers continue to increase every season. The Cowboys feel that they can contend for a Super Bowl this season. The Jones’s and the Cowboys know, that a Super Bowl is only possible with Bryant on the field and not the sideline.
Watch: Boomer and Carton Discuss Bryant Contract Situation