In what is becoming an old-fashioned game of Texas Hold ’Em, receiver Dez Bryant doubled down on his threat to miss training camp and sit out games if he doesn’t get a long-term deal from the Dallas Cowboys by Wednesday.
With Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline looming for franchise players to sign a long-term contract or be limited to playing under the franchise tender until after the 2015 season, Bryant made his feeling clear via Twitter.
“As much as I love football...on my beautiful babies.. I apologize #cowboynation but I will not be there if no deal #fact,” tweeted Bryant.
The tweet came after a high-ranking team source denied an ESPN report that Bryant had told vice-president Stephen Jones that he would miss camp and sit out games in a private conversation last week.
Per a source, “he did not say that.”
Well, Bryant couldn’t have been more clear with his tweet.
If Bryant doesn’t get a long-term deal by Wednesday, he will have to play the 2015 season under the franchise tag number of $12.8 million.
Bryant wants the security of a long-term deal and has been threatening a possible holdout for months.
Bryant has yet to sign the franchise tag and can do so up until the first game of the season and get all of his guaranteed money.
It will cost him roughly $750,000 per week if he misses games.
Sitting out games really doesn’t do him any good in his threat to get a long-term deal beyond Wednesday because league rules prohibit a deal getting until after the season.
Bryant, however, could use the leverage from a possible holdout to get the Cowboys to promise not to franchise him again in 2016.
The Cowboys don’t believe Bryant will hold out and miss out on $12.8 million in 2015.
Time will tell if his tweet on Monday will make a difference by Wednesday.
If not, the Dez Hold Out watch will begin when the Cowboys report to training camp July 28 in Oxnard, Calif.
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