Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has threatened to hold out until and during the regular season if he does not get a long-term deal. The Cowboys franchise tagged him this offseason, which would pay him $12.82 million in 2015. He must sign a long-term deal by July 15 or else the only contract he can sign is the franchise tag tender.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is not worried about Bryant missing regular season action.
“It doesn’t concern me one bit,’’ Garrett 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.
“We’re focused on the guys who are here right now.’’
Garrett is moving forward under the assumption he will have Bryant for the regular season.
“We all just focus on what we can control,’’ Garrett said. “Dez is getting himself ready. He’s in a situation where the business of the NFL is kind of taking precedence right now but he’s working hard on his own away from our building. It’s not a unique situation when you’re a franchise player for guys to do that.
“He will take care of his business. We will take care of our business.
“Hopefully all this stuff can be worked out sooner rather than later.’’