Dez Bryant made an appearance at Valley Ranch on Friday, but that isn’t a sign the Cowboys and Bryant are nearing a long-term deal.
In fact, the two sides don’t appear to even be in discussions with executive vice president Stephen Jones saying the team will “figure it out” at some point.
“His deal, and the receiver deals, are not easy deals,” Jones said. “You look around the league, there are a lot of young guys who are kind of looking into this right now.”
Jones mentioned Denver’s Demaryious Thomas, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Atlanta’s Julio Jones as other wide receivers in a similar situation as Bryant, who has been slapped with the franchise tag.
Bryant has yet to sign the offer that will pay him almost $13 million, skipping voluntary workouts last week. Not showing up is about the only leverage Bryant has left to try and get a long-term deal reached before the July 15 deadline.
Bryant, understandably, wants to get market value. But that is easier said than done in today’s market.
Still, the Cowboys are well aware of the importance of keeping Bryant happy and productive. He caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a franchise-record 16 touchdowns last season. He has at least 1,230 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons, and scored 41 touchdowns.
Jones didn’t personally see Bryant on Friday, but was pleased to hear he was at the facility.
“He’s one of our guys and, at the end of the day, we stand committed to trying to figure this out at some point,” Jones said. “Dez is a great football player and we’ll continue to work on it.”
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