SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 06: Helmets of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at the Alamodome on August 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys began talks this week with first round selection Dez Bryant, and, according to a recent report, the two sides may be approaching an agreement. This is uncharted territory for Dallas, who have made something of a habit of allowing other teams to sign their first round picks before them, thereby establishing a precedent to go on.
At any rate, the team doesn't have that luxury this season.
Players will report for camp before any other team, on Friday in San Antonio--and, due to an NCAA suspension that left Bryant out of all but three games in 2009, it's hopeful that the once and future Cowboy will see as many snaps as possible in preparation for his rookie season.
Which makes ESPNDallas.com scribe Calvin Watkins' Tweet Tuesday a fairly sunny report for 'Boys fans. Watkins, citing an unnamed source, said that Bryant may need a few days before striking a deal with Dallas, that he may miss a few days of camp because of it; but if this scenario holds true, in this year of the extended camp, a short holdout may matter less than it would otherwise.
"Was told Dez Bryant needs a few more days before he agrees to terms," Watkins said. "Might miss 1st few days of camp. Sean lee in same boat."
Indeed, Bryant's camp seems as ready to get the dealing done with as the Cowboys brass themselves.
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