Dez Bryant WR DAL 1 week ago

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will likely be limited at the start of training camp after missing all of organized team activities and minicamp while holding out for a new contract, according to the Dallas Morning News. Bryant held out for a long-term contract, but he should have plenty of time to get up to speed before the start of the regular season after he joins the team next week. "We have to get our hands around Dez, he hasn’t been in a competitive training offseason and you want to make sure you don’t throw him to the wolves," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "He works hard but there’s nothing like working with your teammates in a competitive environment. It’s an art to get through the preseason without significant injuries. Those things happen but we’re going to do everything we can to manage and be better at it."

Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 weeks ago

Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.

The average annual value of $14 million pales in comparison to what Bryant might eventually have gotten as a free agent in 2016 or 2017, but with 64.3 percent ($45 million) of the contract guaranteed, he undoubtedly has the long-term security he was seeking. Coming off three straight seasons with 88+ catches, 1,233+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, Bryant is one of the top wide receivers -- and a likely first-round selection -- in any format. He did his damage on a modest 138 targets last season, and with DeMarco Murray now in Philadelphia, Bryant could be quite a bit busier this season.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 weeks ago

Bryant is headed to team headquarters to sign a long-term contract, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The saga appears to be nearing an end in the final hours before Wednesday's 4 PM ET deadline, but there hasn't yet been a report that Bryant actually signed a contract. It's apparently just a matter of time, and details should be available by the end of the day. Meanwhile, all seems to be quiet on the Demaryius Thomas front.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 3 weeks ago

Bryant told Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones that he will miss both training camp and part of the regular season if he does not get a contract by the Wednesday deadline, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports.

If the two sides don't reach a long-term agreement by Wednesday, Bryant will have to play out the 2015 season under the franchise tag. In such a scenario, he'd only need to play six games to qualify for free agency next season, but he'd be leaving around $750,000 on the table with each game he skipped. Other players in the same situation have typically signed the franchise tag late in training camp and grumpily played a full season, with Vincent Jackson (2010) the notable exception. Of course, the franchise tag isn't such a terrible deal for most of those players, whereas Bryant would command far more than his $12.82 million franchise tag if he were a free agent seeking a one-year contract.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 1 month ago

Bryant's agents and the Cowboys met Friday to discuss a possible contract extension for the wideout, ESPN.com reports.

Bryant, who has yet to sign his $12.823 million franchise tag tender, missed the bulk of the Cowboys' offseason program, but he was present for the final day of the team's mandatory minicamp on June 18, though he did not practice. In any case, while a deal does not appear imminent, there does appear to be mutual interest on both sides to get something done before the July 15 deadline to do so. The 26-year-old wideout is coming off a stellar 2014 campaign in which he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 TDs for Dallas.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 1 month ago

Though he did not join the team's practice, Bryant made an appearance at the Cowboys' final minicamp session on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

While Bryant was not in uniform Thursday, he was spotted catching passes with teammates on the sideline. "It's great to have him here," coach Jason Garrett noted. "Dez obviously hasn't signed his franchise deal yet so he's not practicing." As ESPN.com relays, there has been speculation that Bryant -- who Cowboys franchise tagged at a rate of $12.823 million -- could conceivably miss regular season action if he does not have a long-term deal with the team in place before July 15. At first glance, such a scenario would appear unlikely, however, given that such a move would cost the wideout roughly $754,000 per week.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 months ago

Bryant is considering skipping the Cowboys' regular season opener unless he reaches agreement on a long-term contract with Dallas by July 15, ESPN reports.

Bryant, who led the NFL with 16 touchdowns last season, has until July 15 to sign a long-term contract with the Cowboys. Otherwise, he'll have to agree to Dallas' $12.823 franchise tag or not play this season. With next month's pivotal deadline approaching, Bryant is not expected to attend next week's three-day minicamp, and is reportedly contemplating not reporting for the regular season opener, even if he signs the franchise tag.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 months ago

Bryant took part in a limited portion of Thursday's OTAs, ESPN.com reports.

Bryant, who hasn't signed his franchise tender, probably won't participate in full until he agrees to a long-term deal, which has to be worked out by July 15. If no agreement is reached by that date, he'll have to play under the one-year, $12.823 million tender, and the Cowboys will risk losing him next offseason. Bryant's participation in OTAs, while only partial, is seemingly indicative of confidence that he'll get his massive contract. With the salary cap rising, and the 26-year-old superstar coming off of three straight seasons of 1,200+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, the Cowboys will likely find a way to make it work.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 months ago

As expected, Bryant is not participating in the Cowboys' OTAs, the Dallas Morning News reports.

He has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender while his agent attempts to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys, so until his name is on a contract Bryant won't be joining his teammates. Devin Street will get extra first-team reps in his absence.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 3 months ago

Bryant was not present as the Cowboys began their voluntary offseason workouts Monday, NFL.com reports.

Bryant's absence from the voluntary workouts isn't surprising, since the wideout still hasn't signed his franchise tag contract. In fact, Bryant and his representatives are still trying to negotiate a long-term deal with the Cowboys. Regardless, Bryant is unsigned and thus not participating in these voluntary conditioning drills.