Dez Bryant finally made an appearance at Cowboys minicamp, but there’s still no contact between the two sides. Bryant refused to sign the franchise tag offered to him and has threatened to miss the season opener against the New York Giants.
July 15 is the deadline for franchised players to sign a long-term deal. If an agreement can’t be met, Bryant will be relegated to $12.823 million for the year. During the past five seasons, Bryant has 381 receptions for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns and his league leading 16 touchdowns last season was three more than any other receiver.
Bryant will play this season. The Cowboys and their franchise receiver will very likely reach a long-term deal before the July 15th deadline. If a long-term deal isn’t reached, Bryant will still play. It’s not that Bryant doesn’t need $13 million, he just can’t afford to miss out on $752,941 per week for playing football.
Also, if Bryant holds out too long enough and is ineligible to play for the 2015 season, the Cowboys can simply place a franchise tag on him again in 2016.