Receiver Dez Bryant can’t see himself with any other team and he wants to retire a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
But Bryant is admittedly frustrated with the protracted negotiations with the Cowboys on a long-term contract extension.
And while he appreciates the way the Cowboys have stood by him during some off the field issues as he has grown from a boy to a man during his four years here, he said it’s all about respect and loyalty.
“I just know what I’m going to accept and I know what I’m not going to accept,” Bryant said. “You know, it’s not about the money. It’s not about none of that. I just feel like a little respect should play a factor in that. I love it [here]. I really do. But every day you grow. Let’s see what happens. It’s all about respect. It’s all about respect. I am a very loyal person, but just don’t test my loyalty.”
Bryant is in the last year of his rookie deal and has been in talks with the Cowboys since last spring about a long-term extension.
The two-time Pro Bowler wants a deal commensurate to his status one of the league’s top three receivers, which comes with a starting point of roughly $13 million annually with $30 million in guaranteed money.
Although the Cowboys have offered Bryant some pretty nice contracts, per vice-president Stephen Jones, they have yet to meet his demands.
Bryant said he’s not trying to be unreasonable but says his focus on taking care of his family and getting what he deserves.
“Just something we can compromise on. I’m not accepting what’s given to me,” Bryant said. We’ll have to see. If it’s right, it’s right, I’ll sign my name on the dotted line. If it’s not, it’s not. At the end of the day, I want to win. But at the same time, I have a family and that’s what is important. I feel like, hey, I put the work in, I got to give myself some kind of credit.”