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Dez Bryant | Wide Receiver

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
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The Cowboys met with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant's agent last week.
With the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players less than three weeks away, the Cowboys are reopening talks with Bryant. It doesn't necessarily mean that a deal will get done. Bryant is threatening to miss regular-season games if he doesn't get a long-term contract. The Cowboys have until July 15 to extend him. Jun 27 - 6:37 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant participated in a Sunday Night Football photo shoot for the Week 1 game against the Giants.

Publicly, Bryant is threatening to sit out this game if he doesn't get a long-term contract. No one is taking his threats seriously. Dez was in Dallas for minicamp, Jerry Jones has said there's "no doubt" his star wideout will be there and now Bryant is doing promotional work for the season opener. His one-year franchise tender is worth $12.82 million.
Jun 25 - 8:28 AM

Albeit on the sidelines in street clothes, unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant was present for the final practice of Cowboys minicamp on Thursday.

As an unsigned player, Bryant was not required to show, but he watched a motivational video with his teammates before observing practice from the sidelines. Bryant also had a conversation with Jerry Jones which ended in a hug. Having already threatened to hold out into the regular season if he does not get a long-term deal, this gesture may have been a show of good faith from Bryant. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If an agreement isn't reached by then, Dez will either have to sign his one-year franchise tender or sit out the season.
Jun 20 - 1:35 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday he has "no doubt" unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant will play in Week 1.

Both Dez and his agent have said publicly Bryant is willing to sit out regular season games if the Cowboys don't give him a contract in the Calvin Johnson range. Jones, on the other hand, is confident this is a ploy. "I have no doubt that he'll be leading the way against the New York Giants," said Jones. "We just know how competitive Dez is and how much he wants to beat the Giants and how much he wants to support his teammates." Per Jerry, the Cowboys' last discussion with Bryant occurred "10-14 days ago."
Jun 17 - 8:20 PM

Agent Tom Condon confirmed unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant is willing to miss regular season games.

Condon's exact quote was, "With my conversations with him he is willing to miss regular season games." That's easy to say while the two sides are at the negotiating table, but Dez is a fierce competitor who won't want to sit on the sideline. He has a $12.82 million franchise tag offer waiting to be signed if a long-term extension doesn't get done.
Jun 16 - 11:53 AM

According to NFL Network's Mike Silver, unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant's threat to hold out into the season is "legit."

Whereas ESPN's Chris Mortensen cited sources "familiar with the player's negotiating strategy," Silver's source is Dez himself. Bryant reportedly told Silver that "this is not a rumor," and he is "upset about this situation." We really don't buy Dez sitting out, but he doesn't have to report to the Cowboys as long as he's unsigned. The Cowboys are ultimately likely to cave. Bryant is arguably the most important player on their team.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 10:29 PM

Citing sources "familiar with the player's negotiating strategy," ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Cowboys unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant is considering a holdout that could extend into the season.

Mortensen says the Cowboys have not presented Bryant with a long-term offer "since prior to the 2014 season." One source suggested Bryant is considering "pulling an Emmitt Smith" and holding out into Week 1 or perhaps beyond as he pursues elite wide receiver money. In 1993, Emmitt missed the first two games of the season, and the Cowboys gave in after starting 0-2. With regression very likely coming for Dallas' running game, the Cowboys badly need Dez to be all-in. Aware 35-year-old Tony Romo's window is closing, we suspect Jerry Jones will ultimately cave and pay Bryant the money he warrants.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 3:27 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said "we'll make a push" to try and sign franchise player Dez Bryant to a long-term contract prior to July 15.

July 15 is the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals before they're forced to play the season on the one-year tender. "I’m sure we’ll make a push at some point and see if we can make it work," Jones said. "If not, hopefully he will understand it’s difficult to make a deal at this point and he’ll come in and get ready to play." It's not exactly an optimistic response from Jones. Bryant has been taking part in OTAs, and smart money is him playing on the tag.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 9:53 AM

Unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant took part in individual drills in Thursday's OTAs session.

It's a show of good faith from Bryant as he waits for a long-term extension. The sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement. Bryant is due $12.82 million under the franchise tag.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 28 - 5:48 PM

The Cowboys have not had meaningful discussions with Dez Bryant on a new contract this offseason.

It's looking more and more like Dez will play out 2015 under the $12.823 million franchise tag. He's not participating in offseason workouts, leaving Devin Street to run opposite Terrance Williams. The deadline for the two sides to agree on a long-term extension is July 15.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 28 - 8:07 AM

The Cowboys want an off-field structure designed to limit risk in Dez Bryant's next contract.

Unless the two sides can agree to a deal by July 15, Bryant will play out the season on the franchise tag. We know that if the contract was just about on-field play, it would be easy as Dez is undoubtedly deserving of top-three wideout money (around $40M guaranteed). But ESPN Dallas says the Cowboys want insurance that they won't be stuck paying Dez gargantuan sums if he's suspended a la Adrian Peterson or Greg Hardy last season. It's understandable, but also worth noting that Dez hasn't had any off-field issues since family violence charges back in the summer of 2012.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 12 - 9:24 AM

The Cowboys aren't concerned about unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant's absence from voluntary workouts.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said "I’m not worried about Dez. He’ll be ready to rock and roll when it’s all said and done. I’m sure of that." Bryant is waiting for the Cowboys to extend his contract, but Dallas may not do that until Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas sign their extensions. Bryant has met with Linehan a few times at Valley Ranch but isn't expected to practice with the team until training camp opens in late July.
May 10 - 12:10 PM

The NFL was unable to find video of an incident involving Dez Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

The alleged incident took place in Lancaster, Texas in 2011, though it wasn't widely reported until a few months ago. A damaging off-field event could diminish Bryant's value as he looks for his next contract. Until a video surfaces, this remains a non-story.
Apr 26 - 12:17 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team's "No. 1 goal" is to sign franchise player Dez Bryant to a long-term contract.

"You have to be patient," Jones said. By most accounts, the sides have made little progress. 85 days remain to hammer out an agreement.
Apr 21 - 2:13 PM

A dispute between Dez Bryant and his advisor could be holding up contract negotiations.

Bryant reportedly wants to terminate his relationship with longtime advisor David Wells. The Cowboys want Wells to stay involved so Bryant can focus solely on football and not worry about off-field distractions. Wells was sent a cease-and-desist letter from Bryant's attorney back in February.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 16 - 10:53 PM

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