The Cowboys began their three-day minicamp without their star receiver. Dez Bryant continues to work out on his own, with threats to remain a holdout into the season.
Bryant’s agent, Tom Condon, reiterated Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Bryant “is willing to miss regular-season games” if the sides can’t come to a long-term agreement.
The sides have had no talks toward a new deal, with the July 15 deadline looming.
“We all just focus on what we can control,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Dez is getting himself ready. He’s in a situation where the business of the NFL is taking precedence right now. But he’s working hard on his own, away from our building. It’s not a unique situation when you’re a franchise player, for guys to do that. But Dez loves football. Dez wants to be great. He wants our team to be great. So he’s working hard on his own. Our team, everyone who’s here, we’re working on what we can control. …So there’s a lot of speculation about a lot of things with our team. We really don’t focus on that stuff very much. We focus on coming to work every day and trying to be our best.”
Bryant showed up for individual work at Valley Ranch during an organized team activity last month. But since he still has not signed the franchise-tag tender, which guarantees him $12.823 million, Bryant was not required to attend the mandatory minicamp.
The receiver market has yet to be established.
The Broncos gave their Pro Bowl receiver, Demaryius Thomas, the same franchise tag, and Thomas also has not signed the tag despite no new long-term deal looming.
Garrett appeared unconcerned about Bryant’s availability for the regular season.
“That’s being floated by other people,” Garrett said. “We’re not really focused on that. Dez is getting ready to come to work, and he’s going to work hard every day, whether he’s in this building or outside of this building, and the guys who are here every day are going to work to get better. Dez loves football. He’s got a great passion for the game, a great passion for our team. He’ll take care of his business. We’ll take care of our business. And hopefully all that stuff can get worked out sooner rather than later.”
Bryant, 26, earned All-Pro honors for the first time last season with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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