The Cowboys and wide receiver Dez Bryant face a July 15 deadline to work out a multi-year contract extension and Bryant is reportedly doing what he can to turn up the heat on the team with Wednesday fast approaching.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Bryant called Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones with an ultimatum about contract talks. Per Werder, Bryant told Jones that he will skip training camp if he isn’t signed to a deal other than the franchise tag by the deadline. Bryant also reportedly said that his absence from the team will extend to “real games” when the season gets underway in September.
It’s not the first time that the prospect of Bryant missing games has come up this offseason, but no one from the Cowboys seemed to take the threats all that seriously. Last week, a league source told PFT that nothing was going on in talks to provide hope that an agreement was imminent. We’ll see if anything changes now that Bryant has apparently given notice of his intentions directly to the team.
Bryant stands to make $12.823 million under the tag and would make more than $28 million over the next two seasons if he were tagged again in 2016, a number he’d likely want to see go up under any deal with the Cowboys.