Dez Bryant’s ultimatum needs to be more specific

AP

Four weeks ago, it was clear that the Cowboys didn’t believe receiver Dez Bryant’s threat to skip regular-season games.

Today, it’s still not clear that he’ll miss regular-season games.

I will not be there if no deal,” Bryant said on Twitter earlier today.

Taken literally, this means he won’t show up at all in 2015 if he doesn’t get a long-term contract before the looming July 15 deadline. But that would merely kick the can into 2016, with Bryant still eligible for a one-year, $12.8 million contract and the Cowboys still squatting on his rights.

Under the labor deal, Bryant has until the Tuesday after Week 10 to show up, collect the prorated portion of his franchise tender for the final seven weeks of the season ($5.27 million), and then become eligible for a 20-percent raise of the base tag amount in 2016 ($15.36 million). He also can skip all of training camp and the preseason, showing up just a few days before Week One and collecting the full $12.8 million. Or he could arrive after Week One, Week Two, and so on, up until the deadline after Week 10.

So Bryant needs to be more specific when he says “I will not be there”, if not publicly on Twitter then at least privately in his communications with the Cowboys. And he needs to be prepared for follow through with whatever his ultimatum is, if he issues one.

Meanwhile, the waiting game continues, roughly two weeks after some in Dallas began to insist that a long-term deal between the Cowboys and Bryant is imminent. If a long-term deal is going to happen before the end of the 2015 regular season, it finally is imminent because it must happen by Wednesday.

40 responses to “Dez Bryant’s ultimatum needs to be more specific

  1. Forget it Dez sit home. I run a business when a employee makes a play like this you tell them to walk. The jones are business people first

  2. Without Bryant on the field the ‘boys have no threats. The Oline isn’t going to carry the ball and likely can’t catch. The Jones’ have to be squirming.

  3. I think each side thinks the other side is in a greater position of need. Should make this whole thing very interesting.

  4. Just a glorified game of chicken.

    And a reminder that there is a cost to being perceived as a knucklehead.

  5. Silly talk. His creditors will eat him alive if he misses one check. I’ll bet he has a ready spent half this year’s salary…..

  6. Without the COWBOYS or NFL Dez Bryant is a janitor ! Let him sit ! Don’t mean to demean all janitors honorable profession !

  7. Teams that win SuperBowls don’t commit 10% of cap space to a player that touches the ball 6 times on a good day. Belichicks starting 3 WRs plus Gronk combined earn what Dez wants. Building a team around a WR has never worked.

  8. buds4grant says:
    Jul 13, 2015 5:51 PM

    Without Bryant on the field the ‘boys have no threats. The Oline isn’t going to carry the ball and likely can’t catch. The Jones’ have to be squirming.
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    Right, keep telling yourself that. Everyone else is delusional in this country.
    Romo made Miles Austin a pro bowler, but that doesn’t fit the narrative does it?

  9. He’s not missing games as that would mean he’s not getting paid, end of story. Training camp and preseason games yeah, maybe/probably, but not real games.

  10. The talk of Dez not having money so he has no choice is moronic. He can easily get a loan through a bank or his agency (or, apparently, Jay-Z) to “survive” a year.

  11. This train wreck is going to be beautiful. On second thought, money talks, so Dez will show up for week 1. I don’t think he has the intestinal fortitude to sit out 10 weeks or beyond.

  12. Yeah, that’s lovely B.S.

    Problem is we all know it’s B.S. Once the season starts, is there anyone out there who thinks he’s going to spit on game checks?

    Didn’t think so. He’ll come back to the fold in September and collect his 12 million and change.

  13. Once skill players conclude that a career is limited to games and more importantly, hits, and not years, holdouts will occur far more frequently. Every game you play at less than full market value is money you will never recover

  14. He sits out the whole season; what stops Dallas from throwing the tag right back on him next year? He will have to go about 32 months without ever playing a football game. Does he think he will get paid like a top-tier WR after that long of a hiatus?

  15. Is there anyone other than Bryant, his agent and Jones who really care what they pay him?
    Why is it a huge topic? Pay him $49m/yr for all I care.
    It’s not my money.

  16. The 94 MLB strike killed baseball and if junk like this goes on in the NFL it will be the same result. Shut your mouth, take your money, play football or go home and let the next guy have a shot

  17. No Dez, no super bowl run…..lets see if Jerry wants a SB more than spending some money…..

  18. “I apologize to the Dallas fans……”

    Sorry Dez, apology NOT accepted. 12.8M puts you at the top of the big 3 as a WR. Dallas could tag you again next year…. Big a big boy and most of all a TEAM PLAYER and don’t make threats. It only cheapens whatever character you have worked hard to build back. The fans love ya but not when you act this way.

  19. Pay the man and he will reward you! history with Emmitt shows this is not wise! And we already don’t have DMurray! Smh! I know it’s a business but it’s time to do some business if we are serious about a super bowl run! Are we really all in? Jerry? Then show the man the money you showed Romo and Aikman theirs! Now do the right thing and commit to winning! As you good friend Al Davis said Just win baby!

  20. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jul 13, 2015 6:14 PM

    Without the COWBOYS or NFL Dez Bryant is a janitor ! Let him sit ! Don’t mean to demean all janitors honorable profession !
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    You just described 85% of the NFL, not just Dez…

  21. nomoreseasontix says:
    Jul 13, 2015 8:49 PM
    Is there anyone other than Bryant, his agent and Jones who really care what they pay him?
    Why is it a huge topic? Pay him $49m/yr for all I care.
    It’s not my money.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Damaryius Thomas and his agent.

    Julio Jones and his agent.

    I think that covers everyone.

  22. Before Dez misses any games voluntarily, he should take a lesson from Wally Pipp. Wally was the starting first baseman for the NY Yankees from 1915-1925 and decided that it would be a good idea to take a day off for a headache on June 2, 1925. Some young guy named Lou Gehrig stepped in for him, had a breakout game, and played the next 2,130 games at Wally’s position. I’ll bet that Wally wishes he had sucked it up that day!

    With all the success that young wide receivers have been having the last several seasons, this is a realistic scenario for Dez.

  23. awareness18 says:
    The fans love ya but not when you act this way.
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    He can sit out up to 10 games and still get credit for this season. What’s to stop him from “getting cramps” during practice or games? If he’s tagged again next season, do the same thing after 10 games. Like SeattleJones mentioned, he can get a loan from his agent or Jigga to keep food on the table because his next contract will be astronomical.

    I couldn’t blame Murray for chasing the $$, so I can’t blame Dez. Get your money, man, you’ve earned it.

  24. Garcia7168:

    What seems more plausible to you? Hand over 7.5 million per year because your feelings are hurt or play the game and earn an even bigger contract and respect from others…. While cashing the 7.5M and learning to live with disappointment?

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