The Dallas Cowboys were excited as anyone to see receiver Dez Bryant show up and do some individual drills during organized team activities last Thursday.
It was also a risky move for Bryant, given that he has yet to sign his franchise tender and is not under contract. Bryant has not returned this week.
When Bryant shows up again, vice president Stephen Jones said the team will have him sign some papers that covers him in case of injury even if he still is unwilling to sign the franchise tender.
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“He doesn’t have to be signed,” Jones said. “It’s more for him than it is for us so he can be protected in case something happens to him while he is practicing out here. It’s no different than what we have the rookies sign. It’s for protection.”
Regarding contract negotiations with Bryant, Jones said there have been none. He said he has not talked to agent Tom Condon about Bryant’s deal lately.
The Cowboys have until July 15 to get a deal done or Bryant will have to play under the franchise tag in 2015. Jones said the Cowboys would like to sign Bryant to a long-term deal, but feel no pressure to get anything done by the date.
“He is under the franchise tag,” Jones said. “ We know he will be a Cowboy this year. If he ends up playing this year under the tag, we will go right back to work again next year.
“Would we like to get a long term deal on him? Of course we would. We will work hard to do so. I’m sure he will make a push at some point and see if we will make it work. Hopefully, he will understand its difficult to make a deal at this point and he will come on and get ready to play.”
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