Jerry Jones has had “good visits” with Dez Bryant, doesn’t know if deal will get done

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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant doesn’t want to think about a contract extension once the 2014 season is underway, which leaves the two sides a short amount of time to come to an agreement if it is going to happen before Bryant plays out the final year of his current deal.

There are ongoing talks to see that a deal does get done, including one-on-one meetings between Bryant and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones this week. Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports that Bryant is “encouraged by the individual attention” he’s received in what Jones calls a rare situation where he’s met directly with a player.

“We have had good visits,” Jones said. “It’s a little different to be talking directly, for me to be talking directly with the player. I know of two that I’ve spent a lot of time directly talking with in some pretty sensitive areas when you’re talking about money. We all understand what that means. One of them Michael Irvin. He asked me to induct him into the Hall of Fame later and Emmitt Smith, he asked me to induct him into the Hall of Fame later. Troy [Aikman] always had Leigh Steinberg there, but we kind of talked straight in there together. But Dez and I have been visiting for years, ever since he’s been a Cowboy regarding things, and so it is a fairly unique situation that we’ve talked as much as we’ve talked, made it pretty easy and maybe propitious to be able to talk to him about his contract. That’s why we were actually talking there.”

The visits have been good, but Jones said that he doesn’t know if the two sides will make enough progress to get things finalized by the start of the regular season. If they don’t, the franchise tag could be in play for the 2015 season but there doesn’t seem to be much concern that Bryant will be anything but a Cowboy.

27 responses to “Jerry Jones has had “good visits” with Dez Bryant, doesn’t know if deal will get done

  1. It must be a great feeling being an agent for one of the top Cowboys players. With Jerry as billionaire owner and GM, you know that he will not blink re the amount requested. If Jerry really loves the player, no amount is too high (only issue is the salary cap). The future Dez Bryant contract may exceed Calvin Johnson’s. Just watch..

  2. Oh lord, the horrible JJ…what a horrible GM. drafting this guy in the first round and turning into a top 3 WR in the league…you people need a life. but keep bashing JJ, he doesn’t care what you think.

  3. For all the JJ haters out there that say the guy knows nothing about football and is a total moron, I ask you this:
    – Were you a star player in high school?
    – Were you a co-captain of a division 1 national championship football team?
    – Were you an all conference player in college?
    – Are you a member of your State’s sports hall of fame?
    – have you had the opportunity to be around hall of fame coaches like jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells and learn a few things from them?
    I am guessing the answer to every one of these questions is NO. so yeah, JJ knows A LOT more about football than you…in fact he has a lot more actual football experience than the majority of the GMs in the league too

  4. Dez deserves whatever he is asking for… But at the same time you want a player like Dez to have a little chip on his shoulder.. he goes BeatMode when you say he cant do something

  5. I am none of those things. Of course, I haven’t dragged a team into 8-8 mediocrity over the last 2 decades either.

  6. danind says:
    Aug 29, 2014 1:18 PM
    For all the JJ haters out there that say the guy knows nothing about football and is a total moron, I ask you this:
    – Were you a star player in high school?
    – Were you a co-captain of a division 1 national championship football team?
    – Were you an all conference player in college?
    – Are you a member of your State’s sports hall of fame?
    – have you had the opportunity to be around hall of fame coaches like jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells and learn a few things from them?
    I am guessing the answer to every one of these questions is NO. so yeah, JJ knows A LOT more about football than you…in fact he has a lot more actual football experience than the majority of the GMs in the league too

    0 4

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    And the award for stupidest comment of the year goes to….^^^^!!!

  7. Who cares. Every article is about this putz. Get off his jock. Feeding right in to his attention seeking. Jerry said this, Jerry said that. WHO CARES? Nobody

  8. Say what you want about Jones but he takes care of his guys. How many ex-Cowboys do you ever hear bashing him? By and large the players love him. Dez is going to get his payday, that’s for sure.

  9. Since we are listing the resumes of great GM’s let’s take a look at another bio:

    – Standout player in highly competitive, nationally known Eastern Penn Conference (now Lehigh Valley Conference)
    – All-American at Penn State
    – Second Round draft selection (43rd overall)
    – Two time All Pro
    – Four Super Bowl wins with three different teams.

    I guess that means that Matt Millen should be considered for the Hall of Fame as a GM, right?

  10. “have you had the opportunity to be around hall of fame coaches like jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells and learn a few things from them?”

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    Jerry didn’t learn anything from Johnson or Parcells. He already knows everything and he is solely responsible for the 3 superbowls won under Johnson. Just ask him.

  11. @steelerben. I bet Matt Millen knows more about football than you. that’s my point. everyone posts how JJ is an idiot and that they know more than him. not true. JJ has a ton of football knowledge, 100x more than any single person posting on here.

  12. in fact he has a lot more actual football experience than the majority of the GMs in the league too

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    Experience is only relevant when in results in positive outcomes…

    Jerruh’s experience has led to nearly 20 years of mediocrity…

    Great owner but terrible GM for all of his “experience”…

  13. @goldbloodedindfw – are you really that naïve? you really should think for yourself instead of just buying into everything you read online. people like you are kinda sad.

  14. ‘I am guessing the answer to every one of these questions is NO. so yeah, JJ knows A LOT more about football than you…in fact he has a lot more actual football experience than the majority of the GMs in the league too.’

    Danind,

    His team’s performance since Jimmy Johnson built a powerhouse that won three SB’s say otherwise. His drafts have been bad & he’s consistently overpaid & missed in FA.

    The reality is that the only true playmaker that the Cowboys have left is Dez Bryant who unfortunately is a walking time bomb off the field.

  15. @danind:

    My point remains the same and I’ll do you one better. Here is a quick bio on a guy that couldn’t possibly be a good GM because he doesn’t have playing experience like Jones.

    – Grew up in Wisconsin and played high school football
    – Studied history and secondary education at University of St. Thomas and was on the football team his Freshman year until injuries caused him to retire
    – During his Junior year he wrote a letter to Ron Wolf asking if he could work as a scout. His internship that summer was the beginning of his relationship with the Green Bay Packers

    Someone with that little hands on football knowledge couldn’t possibly be a great GM, right? It is only John Schneider of the Seattle Seahawks.

    Having played football doesn’t make you a good GM. Having a ton of money doesn’t make you a good owner.

  16. Idiots bashing JJ like the article is about him. You all are jealous that your team doesn’t have an absolute stud lined up at WR like the Cowboys. Every single one of you hating would probably love to see Dez wearing your team’s #88. Not gonna happen tho!! Cowboy for life!

  17. If Dez was smart, he’d get the hell out of Dodge…Dallas is clearly going into rebuild mode. The defense is atrocious and Romo is on the back end of his career. Get paid to play for a winner.

  18. It’s “rare” that he meets directly with a player? That’s the oddest thing I’ve ever heard about a GM. So he doesn’t have any idea of what the players and their personalities are about? He’ll come into the locker room and stand on the sidelines to gloat and take credit when the team does well, but he “rarely” talks to any players? That says a lot about why that team hasn’t gone anywhere in years.

  19. in fact he has a lot more actual football experience than the majority of the GMs in the league too
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    Like who? Not Ozzie Newsome,Bill Belichick,Bill Polian,Kevin Colbert,Jerry Reese,John Schneider,Mickey Loomis,Ted Thompson,Ted Baalke,or John Elway,who have you know,done better than .500 for the past 18 years,unlike Jerry. If he wasn’t self-employed,he’d be unemployed.

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