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88 Dez Bryant WR
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 11/4/1988 | Birthplace: Galveston Co., TX, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 18.82
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Report: Cowboys finally meet with agents for WR Dez Bryant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) The Cowboys have met face-to-face with the agents for superstar wideout Dez Bryant for the first time in nearly four months, ESPN.com has reported.

Bryant was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason and has declined to sign the $13 million tender. He is seeking a long-term deal and has threatened to sit out the regular season opener if no such contract has been completed. If they cannot come to terms, he must play out the year for the $13 million.


Cowboys' Dez Bryant at Thursday's minicamp, but not practicing


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is attending the team's minicamp Thursday, but he is not practicing, reports the NFL Network.

"It's great to have him here," coach Jason Garrett said.

Bryant has not been attending the team's offseason program as he holds out for a contract extension.

Despite not practicing with the team, Garrett was confident Bryant would be ready to play when he reports.

"I know how he's working and hopefully we get the business stuff resolved," Garrett said, per the team's official website.


Cowboys confident Dez Bryant will play in season opener


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Despite reports that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is considering skipping the team's season opener to protest his contract situation, owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday he is confident Bryant would play in Week 1, reports The Dallas Morning News.

"I have no doubt that when we play... he'll be leading the way against the Giants," Jones said.

Bryant has missed the team's entire offseason program as he holds out for a contract extension, but Jones said he was not concerned about Bryant being ready to play when he reports.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant earlier in the offseason.


Coach claims no concern over rift between Dez Bryant, Cowboys


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The only person with great stake in the contract squabble between Cowboys stud wideout Dez Bryant and the team who doesn't seem worried is Jason Garrett.

"It doesn't concern me one bit," he told the Dallas Morning News. "Dez loves football. He has a great passion for the game. He wants to be a great player. He wants our team to be great. He's been working every day to do that and we'll take care of the business as we go."

Bryant could opt to skip regular season games if the contract situation is not ironed out by then.


Agent pessimistic about deal for Cowboys WR Dez Bryant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Father Time is lurking as an enemy to the Cowboys and super wideout Dez Bryant in a contract dispute that is beginning to boil over.

The two sides have just under one month to agree on a long-term deal. If the job is not done, Bryant would play the season under the franchise tag. He also might boycott at least the season opener.

Agent Tom Condon is not optimistic.

"There hasn't been any converations," Condon told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "The only offer that we ever received from the Cowboys was the same offer that they gave to Dez prior to the time that he played the last year of his rookie contract."

Condon went on to say that Bryant could skip multiple games, which would be his prerogative if he winds up playing the season under the tag.


Report: Cowboys' Bryant could skip opener amid contract dispute


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is thinking about not reporting to the team's season opener unless the organization signs him to a long-term deal by July 15, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports.

Bryant has not signed his franchise tag, which would pay him over $12 million for next season. The Cowboys placed Bryant under the franchise tag and can only negotiate a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

"I'm just not going to comment about that," said Bryant's agent Tom Condon, per ESPN. "Our goal is still to get something done on a long-term basis by the deadline."

Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,350 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.


Cowboys hope to make push to sign WR Dez Bryant long-term


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) The Cowboys will make a push to sign wide receiver Dez Bryant to a contract extension before July 15, when Bryant will be forced to play for the franchise tag tender, per ESPN.com.

Though contract talks have stalled recently, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he is confident a deal can be agreed upon before the looming deadline.

“We know he will be a Cowboy this year,” Jones said. “If he ends up playing this year under the tag we will go right back to work again next year. Now would we like to get a long term deal on him? Of course we would. We’ll work hard to do that and I’m sure we’ll make a push at some point and see if we can make it work. If not, hopefully he will understand it’s difficult to make a deal at this point and he’ll come in and get ready to play.”

Bryant has been participating in drills during organized team activities despite the not having a deal signed. He caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.


Report: Bryant participates in drills despite unsigned franchise tender


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant took a huge risk by participating in a limited portion of his team's organized team activities on Thursday, because he has yet to sign his franchise-tag tender, sources told Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

Bryant, who wants a long-term deal, has made a number of appearances at the Cowboys' offseason conditioning program but Thursday was the first day he participated in meaningful on-field work.

Bryant and the Cowboys need to work out a long-term deal before July 15 or he would be forced to play the season under the franchise tag, which would pay him $12.8 million.

In 16 games last year, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.


Report: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant absent from OTA


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) It comes as no surprise that Cowboys All-Pro wideout Dez Bryant was not present Tuesday for their OTA session, as a source told the Dallas News.

The sessions are voluntary, but his absence could be a statement regarding his unhappiness over the lack of a long-term contract.

The two sides appeared to be closing in on a new deal before the start of the 2014 season, but negotiations fell through and the Cowboys then hit Bryant with the franchise tag. He has yet to sign the one-year, $12.82 million tender.

Bryant and the Cowboys have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, but nothing appears imminent.


Cowboys: WR Dez Bryant works with team despite contract issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Cowboys are claiming that All-Pro wideout Dez Bryant is working out with the team despite an apparent contract stalemate.

Bryant, who was given the franchise tag in March, has reportedly been at Valley Ranch many times over the last month to visit with owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett, as well as to participate in the team's strength and conditioning program.

"I wanted to be here for my teammates," Bryant told the team website.


Cowboys star WR Dez Bryant still declining franchise tag tender


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Cowboys stud wide receiver Dez Bryant has yet to taken part in the offseason program or sign his franchise tag tender, which means he is not obligated to participate in any offseason program, including the mid-June minicamp.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, however, is not fretting.

"He'll be ready to rock and roll when it's all said and done, I'm sure of that," he told ESPN.

Bryant is set to make $12.823 million this season under the franchise tag unless he can work out a long-term deal by July 15. He would play the season under the tender if a contract is not completed.

The Cowboys have yet to undergo extensive negotiations with Bryant's new agents after considering themselves close to a deal last season.

Bryant continued to thrive in 2014 with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 touchdowns.


WR Dez Bryant could return punts for Cowboys


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Wide receiver Dez Bryant is one of the NFL's biggest offensive weapons, and if the Cowboys get creative, he could become a huge special teams asset as well, according to the Dallas Morning News

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said in a call with season-ticket holders that Bryant may get a crack at returning punts this year in the absence of returner Dwayne Harris. Bryant hasn't returned a punt since 2012. 

In referencing the punt return situation, Jones said the team is willing to approach it via committee but that, "Then we have a guy in Dez Bryant who had quite a career returning punts at Oklahoma State. When we need a big play, with him maturing as a player, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him in some key situations when we need him back there," he said.


Jerry Jones says big part Dez Bryant's growth is team's 'support system'


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that a major part of Dez Bryant's growth has been due to the "support system" the team has afforded him, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“We got the opportunity to get Dez because of his foibles,” Jones said. “...we got him because we felt good about our support staff. We felt good about our willingness to basically contribute to Dez improving in areas that he had had challenges with in college.

Jones said that has spent more personal time with Bryant than with any other player during his 25 years as team owner and that Bryant is the only player he has co-signed for on personal checks.

“Now, he’ll be the first to tell you that a big part of why he has evolved is because he’s had great support, he’s had great encouragement," Jones said. "I think that he’s benefited. That’s rewarding, by the way”

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant does not show at voluntary workouts


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) As expected, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was not present Monday as the team opened its voluntary conditioning period, as he has not yet signed his franchise tag, per NFL.com.

That franchise tender is worth $12.82 million, but Bryant has the potential goal of securing a new deal by July 15. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would not be concered if Bryant is absent, noting how his Pro Bowl receiver loves to prepare for the game.


Cowboys WR Dez Bryant could be no-show at workouts


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) The Cowboys begin their offseason workout program Monday, but the question remains whether wide receiver Dez Bryant will make an appearance as he angles for a new long-term contract from the team, per the Dallas Morning News

Bryant has not signed his franchise tender, worth $12.82 million, with the potential goal of securing a new deal by July 15. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would not be concered if Bryant is absent, noting how his Pro Bowl receiver loves to prepare for the game.

The Cowboys have OTAs beginning in May and a mandatory mini-camp from June 16-18. 


Cowboys not worried about a Dez Bryant holdout


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team's website he's not worried wideout Dez Bryant might hold out if the sides can't agree on a long-term contract. Dallas slapped the franchise tag on Bryant and will pay him $12.7 million this season.

"I'm not worried about that at all, and it's because of how much he loves the game, how much he knows that preparation, practice, all of that improves him," Jones said.

The owner added there's no timetable for getting a multiyear deal done.

"It's not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise," Jones said.  "Let's be real clear: The franchise is there just to do exactly what it's doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player. And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement -- and I can speak to that, we both would -- it's not imperative on any type of timeframe of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done."


Cowboys won't promise not to tag Dez Bryant


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) When the Cowboys signed defensive end Greg Hardy , the team included a clause in Hardy's contract saying he couldn't receive the franchise or transition tag after the season. 

Wide receiver Dez Bryant will not receive the same type of clause, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones said. 

"I don't have that kind of interest in doing that," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "While he may find one thing he likes about Hardy's contract, after that I don't think there's a lot for him to like about it.'' 

Most of Hardy's money is non-guaranteed.


Report: Cowboys place franchise tag on Dez Bryant


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Cowboys have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant, according to FOX Sports and multiple reports.

It was reported over the weekend that the team planned to tag Bryant before Monday's deadline if a long-term deal could not be worked out. The two sides will likely continue to negotiate a deal to keep Bryant with the Cowboys past the 2015 season.

With Bryant receiving the tag, running back DeMarco Murray is on track to reach free agency.


Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant on Monday, according to a report by Fox Sports Southwest

The team has been trying to negotiate a long-term contract with Bryant, a free-agent to be. If a deal can't be made by Monday's franchise tag deadline, the Cowboys will use the tag to keep Bryant a Cowboy. 

"I still think that (it) would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told Fox. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal. ... We just don't want to lose his rights."

Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. 


Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant will play just fine if he gets the franchise tag


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows star wide receiver Dez Bryant won't be happy about getting the franchise tag if the two sides can't come to an agreement, but he noted Bryant will play just fine if that happens.

"I’ve never seen anybody just pout to the extent that they wouldn’t do it over this kind of money," Jones told ESPN. "That usually is not realistic. It's just too much money."

The two sides are working on a long-term deal, but if the deal doesn't come to fruition, the franchise tag is likely to be worth $13 million next season for Bryant.


Report: Cowboys have offer on the table for Dez Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Cowboys have already made an offer to Dez Bryant, but have not heard back from his agent, according to the Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram. Dallas has made offers to Bryant in the past, and thought they were close to an agreement before the wideout parted ways with Eugene Parker and signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports in November.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones recently told the Dallas Morning News that the Cowboys are leaning on placing the franchise tag on Bryant more than running back DeMarco Murray. The tag for receivers will cost approximately $12.3 million this season.

Last season, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.


Stephen Jones: Cowboys eyeing franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that he plans to meet with running back DeMarco Murray's representative, Bill Johnson, this week. However, he failed to reveal whether or not he would have a sit-down with Tom Condon, one of wideout Dez Bryant's representatives.

Jones also indicated that the Cowboys are more interested in placing the franchise tag on Bryant than Murray.

"Right now all things being equal, it's leaning more Dez with the franchise than it is not," Jones said. "But that doesn't mean it will stay that way.

"We don't ever want to give up on a long-term deal," Jones said. "It's something we worked on all of last year and it kind of cooled off once we got into the season. We'll continue to see what our options are and things happen quickly as you go along. Things can go along with a lot not going on, but all of a sudden it happens."

Bryant has expressed his interest in staying with the team in 2015, and a franchise tag could give both sides enough time to negotiate a long-term contract. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, he is unlikely to participate in offseason activities if he is tagged. Last season, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. The tag for receivers cost $12.3 million this season.


Jerry Jones on Bryant/Murray: 'You can try to have it all'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/8/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones described keeping both wideout Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray as "a big challenge," but did not rule it out, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“You can’t have it all," he told NBC5 at an event Friday night. "But on the other hand, you can try to have it all. You have to make sure you’re making the right decisions on who gets the assets, which in this particular case, it’s the room under the salary cap.”

Bryant, who caught 16 touchdown passes, and Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, are both scheduled to hit free agency. The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Bryant.


Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant expects to remain with team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said Saturday he is expecting to be back in Dallas in 2015 and have fans excited for a long time.

"Regardless, I’m a Cowboy," Bryant said to NBC Dallas. "But it is what it is. It’s business. I am a free agent. I’m very confident that something is going to happen, something is going to get done, and have these Cowboys fans excited for a long time."

Bryant is set to become a free agent this offseason if he and the Cowboys cannot agree to a deal or Dallas uses the franchise tag on him.

"I’m a Cowboy at heart. It’s Cowboys forever," Bryant said.


Packers' Sam Shields thinks Dez Bryant caught the ball


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Along with the Cowboys, Packers cornerback Sam Shields said he also believes wide receiver Dez Bryant made the catch during the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional game, reports ESPN.

While Shields initially said 'The refs made a good call on that,' he now admits Bryant secured the ball properly.

"It was a catch," Shields said. "But the new rule and at the last minute what happened, that's what the refs came up with. I never said he didn't catch it. He made a helluva catch I was in great coverage. Like I said, it was good on good and he came up with the catch."