Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not concerned with getting Dez Bryant under contract.
You know what Dez Bryant would hate more than being hit with the franchise tag?
Having the franchise tag put on him in consecutive years – and that very well could happen.
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The Dallas Cowboys and Bryant have until July 15th to agree on a long-term deal, and Jerry Jones doesn’t seem worried about it at all. From the team’s website, Jones talked about Bryant’s situation at the NFL owners meeting:
"“It’s not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise,” Jones said. “Let’s be real clear: the franchise is there just to do exactly what it’s doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player. And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement – and I can speak to that, we both would – it’s not imperative on any type of timeframe of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done.”"
While it isn’t essential that the two sides agree on a deal anytime soon, it would be in the best interest of the Cowboys to keep their best player happy. They don’t need him feeling like this all the time:
If they don’t agree on a deal by the deadline set in July, Bryant will enter the 2015-16 NFL season on the franchise tag and will make a guaranteed $12.7 million. Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas was also hit with the franchise tag this offseason, and he and Bryant will make the most out of all receivers next year. However, the two would both love to have the assurance and long-term commitment from their respected teams.
Sure, they are both making a lot of money next year, but what if Bryant suffered some career-ending head injury next season? He would never even have the chance to make another dollar playing football.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones also explained that he is just a bit cautious of the wide receiver market right now:
"“I’d say, in general, that receiver market is a tough market right now. Obviously, you’ve got Demaryius out in Denver who was franchised, and you’ve got some good young ones coming up in A.J. and Julio,” he said. “I think there’s a little bit – it’s not just because it’s the Cowboys and Dez. In general, teams are trying to figure out what that wide receiver market should be for these top young guys.”"
However, if Jones continues to be cautious and doesn’t get a deal done with Bryant after the season, he could use the franchise tag again – instead this team the team would have to pay him over $15 million.
Hopefully this whole ordeal gets figured out sooner rather than later, because Bryant is one of the best players in the entire league and deserves a monster contract from the Cowboys.
Bryant had a career-best season last year with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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