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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't feel a sense of urgency to extend Dez Bryant's contract.

Bryant is going into the final year of his rookie contract. "I don't know that we have any issues relative to timing there, at all, with any of our contracts," Jones said Tuesday. For his part, Bryant says he's "just going to sit back here and see what happens." Bryant is a fearless player who lays his body on the line - perhaps making him a threat to break down earlier than most - so the Cowboys may be content to let him play out his rookie deal ahead of a franchise-tag assignment next offseason.

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Dez Bryant says he dropped a few pounds this offseason and is down to 212-214.

It's worth noting Bryant's 2010 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot-2, 224. He claims he played at 218 last season. Bryant believes a back injury that has nagged him the past few seasons will be less of an issue at the lighter weight. Still only 25 years old, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

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Dez Bryant is getting reps at "Z" and slot during OTAs.

Bryant has mostly been an "X" receiver throughout his four-year career, allowing defenses to locate and swarm him. Scott Linehan, who has helped guide Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson to huge seasons in the past, will do a better job of freeing Dez up this season. There's no excuse for him to see fewer than 10 targets in a game like he did eight times last year. Thanks to Linehan, a sieve-like defense and unmistakable natural talent, Bryant is a threat to be fantasy's No. 1 receiver this year.

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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed that signing Dez Bryant to a long-term extension before the season is "a real possibility."

"We're certainly taking a long look at that," Jones said. "As we do with any great player in our organization who's nearing the end of a contract. I think that's a possibility, yes." The Cowboys have opened preliminary talks with Bryant and could sign him to a new deal in training camp. Bryant is set to earn just $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

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Dez Bryant said his agent has had preliminary talks with the Cowboys on a long-term extension.

Bryant, who is set to earn just $1.78 million as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract, deservedly wants to be among the highest paid receivers in the league. He might be willing to give a slight hometown discount, but the Cowboys are going to have to come up with more than $10 million annually. Over the last two seasons, Bryant ranks seventh in catches (185), sixth in yards (2,615) and is tied for first with 25 touchdowns.

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ESPN Dallas suggests the Cowboys could sign Dez Bryant to a long-term extension in training camp.

Bryant is scheduled to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract. ESPN's Todd Archer believes that a deal for LT Tyron Smith could take precedence, but expects Bryant to be extended prior to the season. Dallas has just $5.38 million in cap space, so signing Bryant long-term could prove difficult. Bryant will be seeking an annual salary in excess of the three-year, $23 million guaranteed deal Brandon Marshall received from the Bears this offseason.

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Dez Bryant says he's in the best shape of his life.

As HardballTalk's Craig Calcaterra would attest, this is usually a baseball clich‚, but Bryant is opting for "best shape of my life" instead of football's standard "added 15 pounds of muscle." "I've been working six days out of the week," Bryant said. "That's all I've been doing. This year is special." Presumably, Bryant has decided to make this a "special" season because he's going into the final year of his rookie contract.

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The Cowboys are still enforcing a strict set of conduct rules on Dez Bryant.

It's not a coincidence that Bryant has kept his nose clean for a couple years now. He has a midnight curfew, isn't allowed to drink alcohol, can't attend strip clubs, must go to counseling twice a week and has a three-man security team 24/7. It sounds overbearing, but Bryant is an asset that is well worth protecting at all costs. The freakish talent is going to be a massive focal point of Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "indicated" that the team has opened extension talks with walk-year WR Dez Bryant.

To be clear, Jones hasn't explicitly said that the sides have begun negotiations. Jones did say Bryant's back woes won't be an issue in talks. "It has no impact on what we do in the future and how we are counting on him," Jones said. Bryant is currently scheduled to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

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Jerry Jones said Scott Linehan will not let Dez Bryant disappear from the Cowboys offense for long stretches.

One fair criticism of the Jason Garrett/Bill Callahan offense was forgetting about their best talent far too often. Bryant saw fewer than 10 targets an inexcusable eight times last season. "[Linehan has] got a track record of really zeroing in and building the offense around the talent, the specific talent and the qualities of the players," said Jones, who went on to cite Linehan's work with Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson as examples. Dez is a legit threat to set career-highs across the board in 2014.