Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is heading towards free agency. The Cowboys desperately want to keep him around and want to sign him to a long-term contract extension.
The Cowboys were able to work out a deal with left tackle Tyron Smith earlier in the offseason, which may or may not have ruffled Bryant’s feathers.
Heading into regular season though, Bryant doesn’t want to be distracted with contract talks. So it is either get it done before the season opener or wait.
“I’m focused on football,” Bryant said Tuesday, via the Dallas Morning News. “I made that clear [Monday] night.”
Bryant has been receiving the praise of his head coach and it is clear that they’re intent on keeping him. A couple of weeks ago Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones talked about the Cowboys options if they don’t sign Bryant before the season.
“I don’t talk about these contracts that are in this particular stage, which is a negotiation, whether it be preliminary or whether it be at some advanced stage in the negotiation, so let’s just say we’re working towards those kinds of things,” Jones said on KRLD, via the Dallas Morning News.
“We have Dez for several more years, as it would be under contract as well as with the league-type structure that’s available to us with the franchise [tag] and the transition [tag] and all that. It’s an important thing. We think Dez has made a lot of progress, but it’s something that is going to be very impactful on our team, so it’s just not necessary to move at any faster rate than we’re moving.”