Dallas Cowboys wide receiver is threatening a lot more than sitting out OTAs or mandatory minicamps. If he doesn’t get a contract extension by the July 15th deadline, Bryant says he may sit out the team’s first game.
Bryant is currently sitting on the franchise tag, which would pay him $12.8 million this season. But Bryant wants a long-term deal and has yet to sign the franchise tag.
“There is no rumor; it’s legit,” Bryant said to the NFL Network, confirming reports of his threat.
The Cowboys are saying all the right things, as executive vice president of player personnel Stephen Jones has said that the team will make an effort to get an extension done before the deadline. However, the team hasn’t made or improved on an offer since before the 2014 season.
Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,350 yards to go along with 16 touchdowns, putting himself in the discussion for top wide receiver in the NFL.
The tactic Bryant is using has been used before with the Cowboys. Emmitt Smith sat out the first two games in 1993 because of a contract dispute. The Cowboys started the season 0-2 without him before giving in to his demands. The Cowboys then went on to win the Super Bowl.